WNT Feb 19, 2010
The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team has arrived in Portugal for its 15th Algarve Cup Tournament with names like Boxx, O'Reilly, Wambach and Solo leading the way. Back in 1994 when the U.S. team attended its first Algarve Cup, players named Foudy, Lilly, Hamm and Scurry occupied those same positions.
The U.S. players met up in Newark, N.J. on Thursday night, arriving from all corners of the country (well, not from Florida) for the overnight flight into Lisbon. There was maybe a grand total of 56 seconds of turbulence flying over the Atlantic, and the U.S. team touched down smoothly in Portugal on Friday morning at about 7 a.m. The players and staff cleared customs, grabbed the team and personal gear, loaded the luggage truck and then themselves on the bus and were on the road south to the Algarve region less than an hour after arriving. This is not their first rodeo.
It has been raining consistently in the Algarve recently (actually pretty much for three months the locals tell us), but the U.S. team arrived on the south coast of Portugal under blue skies peaking out from behind huge floating mounds of cumulus clouds (Yeah, we said cumulus. The WNT Blog might have taken a weather class in college? Can't remember). The U.S. team got in an almost 90-minute session (see above), but it was clear that the fields have been saturated as the players were slipping and sliding a bit. The team has a double-day tomorrow (U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage is no fan of wasting good practice time) after some very tired players get some good sleep tonight.
PLAY IT WIDE - Flank midfielders Heather O'Reilly and Megan Rapinoe catch up at Newark airport before the U.S. team flew to Portugal.
AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POND -- Rachel Buehler needs a nap after the U.S. team arrives at its hotel. She found a comfy chair before checking into her room.