Aug. 22, 2004
HERAKLIO, Greece (Aug. 22, 2004) - The U.S. Olympic Soccer Team traveled south from Thessaloniki down to the island of Crete on Saturday morning, moving base camp back to the beautiful beachfront resort that serves as the Olympic Village in Heraklio. From the moment the quarterfinal victory over Japan ended, the players have been concentrating on resting and regenerating legs that have been through four tough matches in 10 days. The U.S. team spent several days here in Crete in advance of its first match of the tournament against Greece and the players were glad to return to familiar surroundings, as well as a beautiful and serene setting in advance of the semifinal clash with Germany on Monday. The match against the reigning Women’s World Cup champions, who hold the No. 1 spot in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, may be the first in modern history in which the U.S. Women’s National Team is an underdog heading into the game. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the USA’s crushing 3-0 loss to Germany in the semifinal of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, a match that was 1-0 until the final moments when Germany scored twice against a pushed-up U.S. team.