WNT Feb 27, 2012
Amazingly, this will not be the USA's first-ever match on "Leap Day," having played on Feb. 29 in 2004, a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Olympic qualifying in Costa Rica.
Abby Wambach, among her many records, is the USA's all-time leading scorer on Leap Day, scoring one goal in that game against Costa Rica. The other was an Own Goal, making Abby the only player in U.S. history to score on Feb. 29.
It's been an excellent week of training for the U.S. team in perfect weather, although some light rain is in the forecast for the tournament matches. The U.S. team does have 23 players here in Portugal and U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage must shave that down to 21 for the tournament roster.
All 12 head coaches will meet for a press conference tomorrow in what has in the past become a Pia photo op (it's not just fans who want to get their picture with Pia), but Studio 90 will also get some pre-game comments from Sundhage and players.