MNT Jun 14, 2010
Today was a day off from training for the U.S. team, but it was also the first time since the team arrived in South Africa that they got to spend some time with their friends and family who have traveled all the way across the world to support them in the World Cup. In the morning, some of the players went to Melrose Arch, where the U.S. Soccer Friends and Family Program is based, and spent some time shopping and relaxing. Then the entire group boarded numerous busses (there are about 200 folks in the program) to drive back to the USA's hotel where they had some more time to socialize before the entire group went to dinner at the Irene Dairy Farm. Both the F&F and the players seemed to be having a great time and it was a welcome and refreshing break from the intense training and preparation the U.S. team has been doing since arriving in South Africa on May 31. Tomorrow, it's back to practice to prepare for crucial Slovenia match taking place this Friday, June 18, at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The match will be broadcast on ESPN and Univision at 10 a.m. ET.