Saturday, January 19, 2008

A-Rod and A-Dub

On the surface, Amy Rodriguez and Abby Wambach couldn’t be more different. One is a blond 5-foot-4 20-year-old from Orange County, Calif. (that’s right, the O.C.) and one is a brown-haired 5-foot-11 27-year-old from upstate New York (that’s right, the M.C…well, no one’s made a reality show about Monroe County, but we digress). However, they have been rooming together in China and sharing quite a few jokes and laughs in their downtime. On the field, the two have been working on developing a chemistry as well, starting together in the 4-4-2 formation in both games. Like Mia Hamm mentored Wambach on the National Team and with the Washington Freedom, Wambach is working to help A-Rod (as well as Lauren Cheney, the USA’s other young striker) with her transition to the highest level of women’s soccer in the world. Tonight, they were playing a mean round of the two-person card game “War,” where each person throws down a card and the one with the higher rank wins both cards with the object of winning all of your opponent’s cards. According to Rodriguez, the game was going “back and forth” which is not a surprise in a game where both participants have the same chance of winning. On the field, Wambach and Rodriguez are working hard to make sure exactly the opposite happens.

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