WNT Jan 19, 2010
Pia Sundhage was in Stockholm just last week before she traveled to California for the USA's training camp. She was having lunch with a couple of friends/soccer colleagues at a cafe near the Swedish Football Federation offices. Apparently it's a popular lunch spot for the Swedish F.A. employees...and who walks into the cafe? None other than new Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe! Yeah, Sweden is a small country. A well-traveled and highly-respected coach, Backe was leaving for the USA the next day and the two chatted for a bit, suddenly having quite a bit in common! They actually knew each other from their days of working together with the Swedish F.A. and Backe said he was excited about coaching American players and very excited about the new Red Bulls Stadium, which we hear will set a new standard for American soccer specific venues. Sundhage said Backe is a very good coach, so we are thinking that Red Bulls fans should be optimistic. We are thinking that maybe we could get some tickets for the opening match at the fabulous new stadium?
Swedes in America: Pia and Hans