Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hot and Hazy

The USA's trained today outside of Seoul Olympic Stadium, used for the 1988 Olympics. Seoul has been hot and hazy since the USA arrived and temps today were quite warm and sticky, sitting in the low 80s with nary a breeze. The forecast is for temperatures in the mid-to-low 80s for the entire Peace Cup, meaning the USA's hot weather training in Los Angeles may reap some benefits. Speaking of the 1988 Olympics, while women's soccer was not yet an Olympic sport, the U.S. men's team featured some names that would go on to do some great things for U.S. Soccer, including but not limited to...the late great David Vanole, current Washington Freedom head coach Jim Gabarra, former U.S. captain John Harkes, and Paul Caligiuri, who a year after the Olympics would score "the shot heard 'round the world" against Trinidad & Tobago to put the USA in the 1990 World Cup. The team also had three guys currently running MLS clubs from the technical side in John Doyle (San Jose), Peter Vermes (Kansas City) and Frank Klopas (Chicago). How did we get from the Peace Queen Cup to 1988 Men's Olympic Soccer? Answer: jet lag makes bloggers woozy and nostalgic.

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