WNT Aug 28, 2012
The U.S. U-20 WNT left Sendai city this afternoon via the Shinkansen, the famed Japanese bullet train, and once again the local organizers made the trip as smooth as possible. Of course, the Shinkansen is about as smooth as it gets, gliding between cities at between 150-180 MPH, meaning the USA's train from Sendai took just over 90 minutes.
It must be said that Japan did not have a heck of a lot of time to organize the U-20 Women's World Cup after it was moved from Uzbekistan and although the crowds have been small (except to watch Japan!), so far the organization has been world class.
The team trained in the morning in Sendai, had lunch and hit the road in the afternoon, getting settled in Saitama before dinner, followed by a team meeting.
The squad will train at Komaba Stadium tomorrow evening and then have one more practice on Aug. 30th before the big quarterfinal against the North Koreans.
What do players do on such a relatively short train ride? It really fell into three categories, once the train got moving and the eye-lids started drooping: 1) sleep, 2) homework, followed by a nap, 3) listen to music, followed by a nap.
Note to Katie Stengel's professors at Wake Forest: She's working hard on her studies, even at 150 MPH.
Abby Smith and Taylor Schram settle in for the train ride