WNT Oct 28, 2009
The U.S. team attended a very nice reception tonight hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Phil Murphy, as well as the Mayor of Augsburg and the DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund, which is the German Soccer Federation). It was on the property of the famed Fugger Family, a historic German family whose roots date back to, we kid you not, the middle of the 14th Century. Mr. Murphy, who was a member of the U.S. Bid Committee for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup before accepting his current post from President Obama, gave a rousing speech in both German and English. Murphy is also a former member of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors and an investor in WPS champion Sky Blue FC. And oh yeah...Field #5 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center is named the Murphy Family Field. Suffice it to say, he loves soccer and will be enjoying the match tomorrow.
The U.S. Consul Gerneral for Munich Conrad Tribble chats with Heather Mitts, Nicole Barnhart and Heather O'Reilly at this evening's reception