NEW YORK (PIX11) – For the lucky, there are stadium seats in Recife for USA’s crucial World Cup showdown with Germany — and, for the rest, coach Jurgen Klinsmann has kindly provided a signed get-out-of-work form letter.
The letter, which urges both employees and employers to support the team in lieu of working, struck a chord with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo.
US Soccer tweeted out the form letter before the game, in which coach Klinsmann implores, “I understand that this absence may reduce the productivity of your workplace, but I can assure you that it is for an important cause.”
Cuomo answered Klinsmann’s call Thursday morning and granted all state employees an extra hour of lunch to support the team.
“I was pleased to read your letter providing American soccer fans with a form excuse to their boss requesting time off to watch the USA-Germany game,” Cuomo wrote. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish you and the entire team the best of luck. New York believes that we will win.”