Friday, April 11, 2008

Team Annoying

Today's pre-game practice was extremely light, consisting only a soccer tennis tournament this morning with five teams made up of four players each and one team of support staff (that, ummm...didn't win a game). The winners were the quartet of Abby Wambach, Heather O'Reilly, Amy Rodriguez and Rachel Buehler, who dubbed themselves "Team Annoying" for their proclivity to cheer wildly, high-five and chest bump after every point, whether it went their way or not. While some of the other teams did in fact find them annoying, other teammates admired their enthusiasm and ability to stay positive no matter the circumstances. It's a good lesson that positivity can reap rewards, like the team soccer tennis title! The training was good for the U.S. to re-charge their legs and minds for the championship game against Canada as both teams have played three matches in the last eight days. The mood is very positive in the U.S. camp after qualifying for the Olympics, but the team is also very excited to be playing in the tournament Final, because, well, what soccer player doesn't love a Final?

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