WNT Jan 16, 2011
As you can see, it's not the nicest day ever in the Yongchuan suburb of Chongqing, and we're not sure if it's fog or smog, but probably a combo. Needless to say, it's pretty dark and cool here on the first full day for the U.S. team in China, but no one comes to central China in January for vacation. The USA is here for three excellent games. The first one commences on Jan. 21 against Sweden. It will mark the fifth time that U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has coached against her home country. The USA is 2-0-2 against Sweden so far, which includes a loss in PKs in the title game of the 2009 Algarve Cup.
Meanwhile, what do U.S. players do on a gloomy morning before 11:30 a.m. training in China? Play Bananagrams, of course. Well, at least a few of them. Although Heather O'Reilly had previously sworn off playing perennial U.S. WNT Bananagram champion Nicole Barnhart, she was back at it again this morning along with Becky Sauerbrunn. Stanford vs. UNC vs. Virginia. Decent battle there...