WNT Oct 24, 2010
On a day off for the U.S. WNT today, six of the more adventerous souls took a day trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World...the ancient Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza! As spectacular as it is in pictures, it was even more so in person. The team had an excellent guide (if you visit Chichen Itza, ask for Rey) who did a wonderful job at explaining the history, the culture, religion and science of the Mayans, whose ancient city is spread out over a vast area and dates back at least 1,000 years, if not more. Highlights included the Temple of Kukulkan (above), the Great Ball Court, the Cenote Sagrado (a sinkhole or "well of sacrifice"...Yikes!), the Temple of a Thousand Warriors (as cool as it sounds) and the Observatory Temple. The players were told that the ancient game played in the ball court featured seven players on each side and the best player from the game was often killed as a sacrifice, which was considered a great honor. We're not sure if any of the players who came to Chichen Itza will be tanking it duirng the team's 7 v. 7 tomorrow, but suffice it to say they won't be asking Pia Sundhage to choose the best player from that day's practice.