The U.S. WNT played a closed door training match against England today at Bromley F.C., a charming old English football ground that dates back to the early 1900s. It rained during the day and the pitch was already a bit worn down, so the match was a bit muddy, but the U.S. team played a fine game, scoring twice while pitching a shutout. Lauren Cheney scored about eight minutes in off a header from a perfect Lindsay Tarpley cross and Alex Morgan tallied just two minutes after coming on the second half off a great assist from Tobin Heath. England played almost all reserves while U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage used almost all of her roster during the 90-minute scrimmage.
The two teams will get at it for real on Saturday live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET when Kelly Smith and Co. will go at the U.S. in what should be an excellent pre-Women's World Cup clash between two teams headed for Germany. Ian Darke, fresh off calling the USA-Argentina men's game from the New Meadowlands Stadium, will be doing his first U.S. Women's National Team match for ESPN and he'll be joined by the one-and-only Julie Foudy. After nine hard days of training here in England, the U.S. team will get Thursday off and return to the pitch for a stadium training at Brisbane Road on Friday.