WNT Mar 25, 2010
All due respect to Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, but today at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, the USA's practice was almost interrupted by, wait for it...wild horses. We kid you not. Now, there has always been quite a bit of wildlife at the OTC, especially when it was not surrounded by all the homes like it is today. We've seen snakes, tarantulas, more rabbits than in the Looney Tunes archive, coyotes and even an occasional mountain lion, but according to the folks at the facility never before in the 15-year-history of the OTC has a herd of wild horses invaded the facility. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage actually had to be told something she's probably never before heard at a soccer practice in her 50 years. "Ummm...Pia, there's a pack of wild horses on the loose and if they come this way, we are going to have to get out of their way and off the field." It was a bit of a wild scene as a border patrol helicopter flew low (really low) and herded the horses away from the USA's practice field. Most of the players had no idea that the horses were so close, but they were actually only about 200 yards from where the U.S. was training, as the crow flies (oh yeah, there are crows at the OTC too). The horses eventually left the facility and the U.S. team completed its training without any equine incidents.