WNT Nov 16, 2010
It was a long day of travel for Rachel Buehler and Amy Rodriguez (seen here at the Paris airport), but they are settled comfortably now in Padova
After a 24-hour trip (for some of the players) on Sunday into Monday, and some Internet issues here at the team hotel in Padova (i.e. there was none), the WNT Blog is back.
Due to some patience by our Italian liaisons on trips to four different Vodafone stores to find the correct wireless device, we can now bring you some updates from rainy Padova.
While it hasn't been all that cold here, the rain certainly had its way with the USA's training field today, but like 12-year-olds sliding around in the mud, the players seemed to have a lot of fun with it (aside from Heather Mitts who got dunked in a midfield puddle against her will as payback for past and well-executed pranks. She still had fun during training though).
The team didn't train long, but the legs seemed spry and the energy very good considering the long trip. The U.S. team actually arrived in three different groups. The East Coasters got here in the morning on Monday, the SoCal West Coasters arrived around 8:30 p.m. (after a delay in Paris) and the NoCal West Coasters a little bit after that.
The U.S. team will train once a day for the next three days, with Friday's practice at the game venue Stadio Euganeo, home to Calcio Padova of the Italian "Serie B." Fans can watch the game live on 10:30 a.m. ET on ESPN3.com.
So far, the Italians have been great hosts...and the food is excellent
U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has brought 24 players to Italy, but will choose just 18 to suit up for both legs of this critical two-game series for the final berth to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Midfielders Leslie Osborne, Lindsay Tarpley and Tina DiMartino have joined the 21 players who were in Mexico for CONCACAF qualifying.
Shannon Boxx with a nice jab-chip over the sliding Jill Loyden to score during training