Wednesday, April 23, 2008

She's baaaaack...

After recovering from double-hernia surgery in late January (ouch!), midfielder Aly Wagner has joined the WNT for the first time in 2008. The veteran of 117 matches for the USA played sparingly in 2008 as she was hampered by injuries, but hopefully has put those troubles behind her. (In what hopefully has nothing to do with the position, another of the USA's attacking midfielders -- Angie Woznuk -- is not in camp as she continues to rehab a back injury). Wagner has not played a 90-minute game for the USA since November of 2006, but is hoping to use this three-week road trip to work herself back into game shape. The U.S. team lifted weights this afternoon (see Aly above pumping some iron), and will have tomorrow morning off before hitting the field tomorrow afternoon. It will be the first training during this camp for U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, who has not arrived in N.C. yet. She gets in tonight with team GM Cheryl Bailey as the pair is traveling back from China where they attended the Olympic Final Draw and toured venues, hotels and training sites.


Pearce3USA said...

Hello WNT Blog! First, I am so happy you are back! I love keeping up with the team! Secondly, on a little more serious note, and speaking of Pia being in China, I have a question. Iis the team worried about the air conditions in China? I know the team has been there many times before and I was wondering if the air quality has ever been a problem. I am currently teaching my students about East Asia and we were discussing the Olympics and what other countries are doing because of the air. I was just curious if this has ever been a problem in the past! Keep up the great work! I love it!


Emily(LOVES US SOCCER) said...


John said...

The US WNT missed a bit of local soccer competition Wednesday night as the No. 1 ranked Class A high school women's team (Raleigh Charter HS) duked it out to a 2-2 overtime draw against the No. 3 ranked Class AA team (Carrboro HS) on the WakeMed #2 field mini-stadium next to the main practice field.

Apart from its role as an excellent venue for professional and international sports, WakeMed Park also rents its superior facilities to local high school and club teams. It's a real treat for the older youth teams to compete on FIFA standard size level fields with natural grass that plays like a cut-pile carpet.

My partner and I will be in the main stadium stands Sunday night. It's been a couple of years since we were able to get to a US WNT game. Being able to watch this game is another real treat.

John Kinney