Sunday, May 25, 2008

Big Sunday

Today was scrimmage day for the U.S. team as the squad played two matches against boys teams in the afternoon. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage spilt the squad for two 90-minute matches (well, the second one was cut to 85 minutes) and both games were great workouts for the U.S. players at the end of a hard week of training. The team will have just one training tomorrow, in the morning, before re-grouping on Tuesday for a double-day that includes weights in the morning and training in the afternoon. This will be the last extended training camp for the U.S. team before the Olympics. The remaining pre-Olympic events are the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea in June that will feature three (and maybe four games if the USA makes the Final), a two-game, 10-day trip (including travel days) to Norway and Sweden in early July and the two matches against Brazil on an eight-day trip to Colorado and San Diego in mid-July. Above asst. coach Jillian Ellis chats with defender Heather Mitts about tactics at halftime of one of the games.

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