It's not supposed to be blisteringly hot on October 10. It's fall, after all. But Southern California has its own seasons -- normally, sunny all year -- and they can get a heat wave in October. That's exactly what's happened this week and, as a result, when the United States and Mexico meet for the CONCACAF Cup, it will be toasty at the Rose Bowl.
Forecasts for the day have temperatures in Pasadena reaching 100 degrees during the day, dropping to 87 degrees at kickoff. By the second half, when the sun should be down, it will only be 83 degrees. That doesn't seem too bad until you realize that the Rose Bowl sits in the Arroyo Seco -- a gorgeous valley that creates an incredible setting for the stadium and the wonderful shots that TV networks love to show, but also makes for increased heat. However hot it is in Pasadena, it is always at least five, if not 10, degrees warmer at the stadium so it will almost assuredly be over 90 degrees at kick and may never dip below that.
The temperatures don't seem especially overbearing, at least not by kickoff, but they will wear on players. It's one thing to be comfortable in heat, but it's a whole other to run for 90 minutes in it. This match will also have increased intensity and, usually, these teams play at a frantic pace. Fitness will play a big role in this one, as it always does, and the heat set for the Rose Bowl just makes it all the more important.