In a post game interview with the man whose Wikipedia page momentarily read "greatest American since Abe Lincoln," John Brooks said he had a dream that he would score for the #USMNT in the 88th minute, but the winning goal came in the 86th minute - close enough!.
His telling dream got many to wondering what else was on Brooks' mind. So, the young defender sat down for an #AskBrooks Twitter Q&A to answer all manner of questions from fans and the media.
Ha! Happy to help our team get an important 3 points RT EdwardKoton15 #AskBrooks How does your back feel after carrying an entire nation?— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 17, 2014
In the course of answering the tidal flood of questions, U.S. Soccer's latest entrant into #USMNT folklore revealed the music that inspired him to rock the world.
There was no practice for the team on Tuesday, so the players took the opportunity to celebrate GK Nick Rimando's 35th birthday, following a killer BBQ. Class act that he is, Rimando shared the good vibes with a fellow U.S. fan.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) June 18, 2014
With the day off from training, the players had time to spend with their families in Brazil or with our families back home in the States via TV and radio.
Good Morning America! pic.twitter.com/n21US0tgBI— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) June 18, 2014
— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) June 18, 2014
Before he gets pay back on Fallon, he and his #USMNT will have to plan for Portugal. And for the real low down on the USA players check in with @ussoccer!
Ever wondered what a day in the life of a U.S. Women’s National Team player is like? We followed WNT goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to get an inside look at a day inside WNT training camp, a day that included a weight session and on-field practice.
After a grabbing a quick coffee, the busy day starts early for Harris and the WNT, as they are headed to a weight lifting, the first of two trainings sessions that day.
“The bus ride is always total shenanigans with the people I sit around with. Usually that group is Allie Long, Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger. It’s just fun and good vibes heading into our workout.”
First stop of the day: weightlifting. The WNT usually spends about 90 minutes at the gym, and each player has a specialized workout sheet that is tailored to their needs.
“At lifting I usually spend time on my shoulders and continue to strengthen my back; things I need as goalkeeper. Every day I hit the ground, so I have to make sure my arms are strong. Shoulder strength and shoulder stability are key to make sure my arms are moving well and to prevent any injuries.”
As the team exits the gym, several fans await them by the bus and most players, including Harris, stop to sign a few autographs and pose for a few selfies.
“It’s always just really cool to stop and have a chat with the younger generation after or before training sessions. They’re just awesome.”
“Our van leaves the hotel about 45 minutes before the field players whenever we go to the training. I always have a pre-training and pre-game routine of taping my fingers and hands. It’s a personal preference and to be honest, I’ve always done it. Being at training earlier helps us get some good stretching in, stay focused and it allows us to nail down techniques and work individually and collectively as a small group before we jump in with everyone else.”
For afternoon training, Harris, along with Alyssa Naeher and Jane Campbell, as well as goalkeeper coach Graeme Abel, all pile into a team van and head to training earlier than the field players to spend some time working on their technique and specific areas before the rest of the team arrives.
“Alyssa and I have very good communication and no one has a better view or can critique one another better than each other. If we see something we tell each other and help each other out.”
After training, the players all cool down, chat with each other, hydrate and reflect on the session they just completed.
“We tend to immediately grab our protein shakes. We talk about the day, what we saw on the field, what we can fix, what wasn’t good, what was good and we just overall critique the game in every way we can to become better.”
“Once we’re back in the hotel, it’s all about treatment. Like true professionals, we must take care of our bodies and be responsible to get the treatment we need. Our bodies take a beating from all the impact at training so we take care of it to do it all over again the day after.”