Members of the U.S. team stop for a pic during a short walk to stretch the legs after a long flight
The U.S. team arrived in Chongqing, China on Saturday morning (China time) after traveling from Los Angeles via Beijing and by all accounts, it was one of the smoothest trips to China the U.S. WNT had experienced. Most of the players got some good sleep on the plane (which departed LAX at 12:40 a.m. on Friday), the luggage transfer to the domestic leg from Beijing to Chongqing was about as easy as it gets for the massive amount of gear the U.S. team brings on the road and the arrival in Chongqing was uneventful. Yes, there was a long (almost two hour) drive to the suburb of Yongchuan (it's almost hard to believe it was the same city it took so long), but the U.S. team arrived at the team hotel on a foggy afternoon, had a late lunch, did a nice but quick walk through the city and every player did a regen session on the bike or treadmill.
All-in-all, that's the way you want to move a team from North America to Asia.
U.S. captain Christie Rampone had one of her longest-ever trips to Asia, even though she's been to China probably 10 times. She started her trip in New Jersey on Thursday before 11 a.m. ET, traveled to L.A. to catch the team flight and didn't get to China until Friday night ET (Saturday morning in China). During that time, her daughter Rylie went to two days of school while mom was traveling (Rylie's little sister Reece did make the trip).