The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team broke camp today (we've always wanted to write "broke camp"....it feels as good as we thought) and the players headed off to destinations around the USA, with those going East hoping and praying their flights wouldn't be delayed or cancelled due to weather. Last we heard, everyone got out ok. The Algarve rostered players will meet again in about two weeks for departure to the Algarve Cup in Portugal. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will announce the Algarve Cup roster early next week and then it will be time to focus on matches against Iceland, Norway and Sweden in group play during this annual tournament on the southern coast of Portugal.
Today's final training ended, perhaps appropriately, as camp had started -- in the rain. With the field a bit wet, the fields for the final day of the three-day 4v4 tournament had to be moved around a bit to avoid big puddles. Fortunately, there wasn't too much water to bog down some intense action. Amazingly, after three days of this tournament, which consisted of 18 matches for each team (with three minute matches), three teams ended tied on points. So much for the final day drama! But give props to the Grandmas, the Women and the Puppies for pushing each other in what amounted to extreme parity on the WNT. As for the Youngsters? Well, they didn't win a lot of games, but the rest of the team decided they could get an instant 10 points if before the final day of games they all slid face-first into a big puddle, so led by Yael Averbuch and Ella Masar, they took the plunge...and it was spectacular. The weather is not supposed to be so nice in the Algarve either, but hopefully there won't be enough rain to necessitate puddle sliding. We'll let you know when we get to Portugal. For now, have a good two Blog-less weeks. WNT Blog out.