WNT players catch some Philly rays before departing for practice
There's no rest for the weary with Women's World Cup qualifying on the horizon as the day after a 1-1 tie with China, the U.S. team hit the training field once again. Well, there actually was rest for quite a few players, the ones who played 45 or more minutes in the match. The rest had a pretty hard practice of crossing and finishing, some functional defending and then some high-intensity 3 v. 2 on big goals. The U.S. team will lift weights tomorrow morning and then train again in the afternoon. Saturday's training will feature a 4 v. 4 tournament and then the U.S. players will head home for a week before leaving for the 2010 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Mexico on Oct. 19. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will announce her 20-player roster for the tournament early next week.
Lindsey Tarpley and Heather O'Reilly, long-time WNT teammates, both played 45 minutes on Wednesday night so they sat out the 3 vs. 2s
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