Saturday, July 5, 2008

Game Day

Pia is interviewed by Swedish television after the team arrived at Norrvalla Stadium.

It's a bit chilly here in Skelleftea, but perfect weather for soccer. There were some light showers at the team arrived, but the blue sky is peeking through the clouds here in northern Sweden and the locals seem to think we are done with rain for the day. This is a big day for the U.S. team and Pia Sundhage as the USA will face Sweden for the first time ever in Sweden, while Pia will coach against her country for the first time. The stands are filling up and the atmosphere is very festive. Definitely a small community feel to the game, and the environment should play a part in what should be an excellent match. Sundhage is sending out the same starters as she did against Norway three days ago.

USA: 18-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 15-Kate Markgraf, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 17-Lori Chalupny; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley; 6-Natasha Kai, 20-Abby Wambach.

Pia and Sweden head coach Thomas Dennerby before the match.

Pia shares a laugh with former teammate Malin Swedberg before the match. Swedberg will be doing color commentary on the game. Pia and Malin played together in the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Rachel Buehler signs a USA-Sweden poster in the locker room before the match.

1 comment:

Kylie said...

Congrats on the win!! Llyod's goal sounded awesome, and I'm pretty sure I speak for many of the fans when thanking Abby for NOT scoring; many of us would like to see Wambach's 100th live, on TV, and being played in the states!!
Without a doubt this was the FIRST and probably the last time that US fans were against a Wambach goal.
Can't wait for the Brazil game!!