Saturday, August 18, 2007


We checked back in with Marci Jobson about the car that hit her plane in Chicago. Apparently, the aircraft had not yet pulled away from the gate and it was not a car, but likely one of those luggage cart things. (See how rumors get started?) Jobson swears she heard the pilot say that part of the wing was "mangled" but she was sitting on the other side of the plane and never felt a jolt of any sort nor did she ever actually see the damage. She also still can't figure out how a vehicle would be tall enough to ding a wing. Anyway, the silver lining is that it only took an hour to get everyone off the plane, onto a new one and in the air, and Jobson was able to make it to Los Angeles, and to training, just in time. It was a very light training anyhow with some spirited 5 v. 2 keep-away and some small-sided games.

Go Time!

The entire 21-player U.S. Women's World Cup roster flew into Los Angeles today (except for the players who actually live in Southern California) to prepare for the final match of the 2007 Send-Off Series against Finland this Saturday, Aug. 25, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (That's a 6:30p.m. PT kickoff on ESPN2). Everyone seems to have gotten in ok, except for midfielder Marci Jobson whose plane was hit by a car. Come again? Apparently Jobson's plane was taxiing out to a runway at Chicago's O'Hare Airport when some sort of a vehicle clipped the plane's wing. Of course, they had to off-load the passengers and get another plane. We'll catch up with Marci for more details later. For almost all the players, they have brought their bags packed for China. After a week of training at The HDC and the final match against Finland, the players will have one day off to rest and regroup before leaving for the Far East on Monday. And the countdown to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup begins.

Ready, Set. Blog!

Hello and welcome to the first posting of the 2007 U.S. Women's National Team blog. This daily dose of observations, anecdotes, debate, amusing happenings, and yes, even some legitimate interesting information, as well as much, much more, will help you follow the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team through its final week of preparation in the United States (it starts today) through to China and the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. We hope you enjoy the blog as well as myriad of coverage the will provide during the Women's World Cup, including Q&As with the players, features, game previews, podcasts and the return of Studio 90 - China '07 edition. ESPN's family of networks will broadcast all 32 matches of the 2007 Women's World Cup live at either 5 a.m. or 8 a.m. ET, so set your alarms, brew your coffee or Chai tea lattes (how much caffeine do they put in those things anyway?) and get ready for the greatest spectacle in women's team sports.