Megan Rapinoe and Amy Rodriguez get an early start on the Mexican cuisine at the Dallas airport
Welcome to Mexico, U.S. Women's National Team. The players and staff flew into Dallas this morning from all different parts of the USA (and if your name is Ali Krieger, Germany too), to catch at 4:30 p.m. team flight to Cancun. It was a relatively smooth travel day, but it did seem to take a long time to get to a place so close to the USA? Maybe it was because it took the team about two hours to collect all the personal bags and team gear, get through customs, and then load the massive amount of equipment the WNT always travels with onto a bus. Short drive to the hotel, though, which sits right on the ocean. Too dark upon arrival to check out the view, but we're hoping it's pretty nice. The U.S. team will have eight days of training before opening the tournament on Oct. 28 vs. Haiti and that will get started tomorrow morning. The USA hasn't played a Women's World Cup qualifying match since Nov. 26, 2006, so the players, especially the ones who have never participated in a World Cup qualifying event, are excited to test themselves in this unique environment. All the matches will be web-streamed live on CONCACAF.com.
"I got the soccer balls," says Becky Sauerbrunn. "We're gonna need those," said Lori Lindsey.