WNT Dec 7, 2009
Award Winner Pia
The WNT Blog is back, albeit a few days late, as the U.S. team started training camp last Saturday. The WNT Blog was actually away "on assignment" concerning other U.S. Soccer competitions, but we'll try to catch you up on the last few days. The team trained for the first time on Saturday evening, without the college players who were participating in the NCAA Final Four at Texas A&M and without head coach Pia Sundhage, who was receiving the Eliason Merit Award from Greater Los Angeles Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Basically, she was their Swede of the year! Mostly for leading the USA to the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and also for her all around coolness and accomplishments as a Swede in America. Since the Olympics, Pia has received quite a few honors back in her native Sweden, where she is a bit of a celebrity.
Sunday was "Beep Test" Day, the always feared but usually conquered fitness test that the team often does at the beginning of a training camp. Seems young Yael Averbuch came out on top, which is pretty impressive. Midfield workhorse Leslie Osborne finished second and the Heathers, Mitts and O'Reilly, who are ALWAYS in the top percentile, also kicked the test's behind.
Today training was conducted in POURING rain. It was raining so hard that if we tried to take a picture during training we would need a new camera. Half the team was on the field for one hour while the other half was in the weight room and then the two squads flip-flopped. But neither group avoided a good 'ole fashioned soaking during passing patterns, 5 v 5 on big goals and some shooting. It's not supposed to rain tomorrow, but the end of the week could see some more of that wet stuff.