The U.S. team will clock more miles than any other World Cup side in the group stage this year as they form a flying V over Brazil while bouncing around for their matches against Ghana, Portugal and Germany. Over a stretch of two weeks and three matches they will spend 22 hours on the move and cover 8,802 miles as they go between their base camp in Sao Paulo (chosen before match locations were decided) and matches in the northern cities of Manaus, Natal and Recife.
As much of a talking point as this has been and as daunting as it may seem, this is not something that is worrying the U.S. players. As defender Matt Besler points out in the video above, they are used to long-haul flights for matches in the expansive CONCACAF region and the 10 MLS players in the 23-man squad travel great distances within the United States over the course of the domestic season.
Here's a handy infographic that compares their big travel figures for the 2014 World Cup to the relatively miniscule numbers for 2010 in South Africa, as well as what those Brazil flights would look like stateside...
The U.S. players have been quick to say that all of this travel will not be hurt them. And if they don't take any points from their opening match against Ghana, airplane rides will be the least of their worries.
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