WNT Jan 27, 2010
The site is a familiar one across the soccer fields of America. Young girls walking to and from practices and games with huge backpacks filled with all their soccer gear. Even in college women's soccer, the backpack is a common sighting, and a popular gift for in-season and conference tournaments. On the U.S. WNT however, the backpack has gone the way of the Dodo bird and the Saber Tooth Tiger. You see, on the WNT, the team almost always has locker rooms, hotel rooms, etc., in which to change into their training gear and leave all the rest of their stuff behind. The players often go to practice carrying just their shoes and shinguards, maybe in a small cinch-sack or boot bag.
Not so with U.S. defender Rachel Buehler. She still rocks the backpack like she did in the halcyon days of playing for the San Diego Surf youth club. Intrigued by her ritual, the WNT Blog asked Rachel what exactly she carries in that backpack of hers. The answers were stunning. If the Girl Scout motto is "Be Prepared," Buehler should be a scout leader. Maybe even a five-star general. After a inventory was taken, we discovered 27 different items in her backpack, all of which could come in handy for her soccer training, preparation and body maintenance.
What could she possibly have in there? Well, Buehler has become known as one of the more professional players on the WNT as far as preparing and taking care of her body for trainings and games, so let that be a hint. We'll let you stew over this one for a day and we'll be back with a complete list soon.
What does Buehler have in her backpack? Keep in mind, she's wearing her cleats. The trainers handle the water and the equipment manager handles the soccer balls and team gear. Hmmmmm...?