July 31, 2004
HARTFORD, Connecticut (July 31, 2004) - The U.S. Olympic Women's Soccer Team arrived in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday afternoon after a (seemingly endless, but only 3-hour) bus ride from Manhattan, where the team appeared on the NBC Today Show, hanging out with fans on the street set outside the studio building before the "Fab Five" - Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain and Joy Fawcett - were interviewed by host Matt Lauer as the rest of the team did a fun drill with host Ann Curry. After some breakfast in midtown Manhattan, the U.S. team boarded the bus for the trip to Connecticut and had a long training session that afternoon at Loomis-Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn., a beautiful prep school with sprawling, green fields. The heat and humidity in Connecticut was actually welcome, as the U.S. players are getting ready for what should be a very hot Olympics in Greece. The team also trained on Friday afternoon at Loomis-Chaffee, this time in front of a small crowd of appreciative fans, and this morning at Rentschler Field, where the Americans will face China tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET (Live on ESPN2).