WNT Mar 25, 2010
The U.S. Women's National Team is back together in America's Finest City. That's right, San Diego, California, where the fish tacos are delicious, the weather is ALWAYS 68 degrees and sunny and where it seems every resident is either at the gym, jogging, surfing or playing soccer. The U.S. team practiced today at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, an important venue in the history of the WNT as the squad spent many a day and night at the OTC from 1995-2002 before the opening of The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., which has become the U.S. National Team Training Center. For some of the older players, and a few of the mid-20s players who trained at the OTC with the U.S. U-19s back in 2001 and 2002, going back to "Chula" evoked many fond memories. When the U.S. women first started training at the OTC, which is so far Southern California that it's almost on the Mexican border, there was nothing but desert and scrub brush for miles. Now, huge housing and condo developments come right up to the edge of the facility. Still, it's a beautiful venue with scenic, manicured soccer fields, as you can see above. Another thing that has certainly changed is the construction of the BMX course (see below) which is pretty cool. The U.S. won three medals as the sport's debut in Beijing and we can see that they had a great place to train. U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage would frown on any of her players going through this course, so none of the U.S. players took a run. The WNT Blog is thinking of grabbing a bike and trying a few Tyre Grabs, or perhaps a No-footed Can-can and maybe even a Suicide No Hander. (If that were true, have an ambulance standing by with the ignition on).