Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Welcome Back Cat

The U.S. team arrived at the Birmingham airport yesterday to a nice reception of four local news cameras and of course they wanted to talk with hometown hero Cat Whitehill. Last time she played in Alabama with the WNT (in 2004) she was Cat Reddick and she had yet to win a Olympic gold medal. She's back now with her married name, a gold from Athens and another Women's World Cup under her belt. Cat is still the only player from Alabama to earn a cap with the full Women's National Team, but there are several talented young players from Alabama in the U.S. Youth National Team pools, so maybe one day soon there will be another...For now, Cat is the pride of Alabama when it comes to women's soccer. She was a high-school All-American at Briarwood Christian School and two-time Alabama Girl’s Soccer Player of the Year. Sure there's a small part of her that wishes she was a football player playing strong safety at an SEC school, but playing at the famed Legion Field this weekend for the third time will go part of the way to fulfill that dream.

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