YNT Mar 10, 2010
Game days move slowly no matter if you are playing for the U.S. U-17s, the full WNT or even Bob Bradley's Men's World Cup Team. Today, a group of very chipper players had a great breakfast at 8:30 a.m., went for a team walk and took a dip in the cold pool to get the blood moving in the legs. They will get some time to relax, have lunch at 1 p.m. and then leave for the stadium at 3 p.m. for what will be the first-ever World Cup qualifier for almost all the players. It's about 85 degrees right now in San Jose, Costa Rica, but it's (thankfully) supposed to drop down to the high 60s by kickoff at 5 p.m. local (Fans can watch the match live on CONCACAF.com at 6 p.m. ET). The players are hydrating well and preparing for what is always a huge match: the first one of a qualifying tournament.
The U.S. team gets some instructions on the walk-outs, national anthems, team pictures and other pomp and circumstance that surrounds a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier. For almost all the players, it's their first one.