The U.S. WNT held its final training in Mexico today and the level of intensity was palpable. If the loss to Mexico was a wake-up call, suffice it to say the U.S. team is wide awake. The training featured some intense competition, heavy tackles and lots of talk and encouragement amongst the players. The team is looking forward to starting its longer road to the Women's World Cup on Monday night against Costa Rica at 6 p.m. ET live on ESPN2. Adrian Healey and Julie Foudy will be calling the action with Pedro Gomes covering the match from the sidelines.
Heather O'Reilly passes out of pressure
The U.S. team trained at a different field today than usual, which was set behind a middle school. The field was surrounded by thick, dense jungle (background of this photo), which meant finding errant soccer balls was going to be an adventure. U.S. equipment manager Andrew Dessert led a few members of the U.S. staff on a search and rescue that was half Man vs. Wild, half National Geographic, hacking through dense foliage, trees, vines and overgrown bushes, and somehow recovered every ball. A job well done.
Amy LePeilbet lets a long ball fly