U.S. defender Tina Ellertson is getting a call tonight from her six-year-old daughter MacKenzie, who will be on her way to her first day of first grade. Does it get any cuter than that? While Ellertson is sad to miss such a momentous occasion, her husband Brad is making sure everything is being videotaped so she can watch it when she gets back home. Several of the U.S. players were giving advice to Ellertson on the advice she should give to MacKenzie. Among the better nuggets of wisdom:
- “Sit in the front of class.”
- “It’s okay to play sports with the boys at recess.”
- “Use a pencil, not a pen.”
- “Don’t be afraid to raise your hand.” (Knowing MacKenzie, this won’t be a problem).
We might add: “Make sure you tell your teacher to check ussoccer.com or she might not believe you are going to China in a few weeks.”