WNT Mar 28, 2012
The U.S. WNT held an intense and physical two-hour training today in the late morning as the team continues to acclimate to the time change in Japan in preparation for the April 1st match vs. Japan in Sendai (6:30 a.m. ET) and the April 3 clash with Brazil in Chiba (7 a.m. ET), both of which can be seen on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
The U.S. team rarely has two-hour training sessions, but U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage is training just once a day leading into the matches and wants to get in as much work as possible. These matches are of course part of the main end goal, which is winning the 2012 Olympics in London.
It's been a bit chilly in Sendai, which is in northern Japan, and there is still snow on the ground from a storm the day before the team arrived in town, but the sun came out today making for some excellent soccer weather.
Sundhage has brought 23 players to Japan and all will be eligible to play in the two matches of the Kirin Women's Challenge Cup.