As the #USMNT seeks to capitalize on its 2-1 victory over Ghana, the players prepared for Portugal this week in São Paulo. After a regeneration session on Tuesday and a day off Wednesday, training resumed in earnest.
After a day off, we got back to work and are zooming in on Portugal. We will be ready !! #OneNationOneTeam— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) June 19, 2014
And the prep work continued Thursday morning at São Paulo FC's Barra Funda training center.
After practice, #USMNT winger Brad Davis shared how he is fine tuning his game for Sunday.
Tuesday's regen and Wednesday's time off, helped #USMNT captain Clint Dempsey recharge and get accustomed to playing with a broken nose, something he said kept him from properly breathing during the game versus Ghana. Dempsey will most likely play without a protective mask, but a fan familiar with his situation will be there in case the captain has an about face.
With the match already on the weekend horizon, eager fans are already gearing up for Sunday's showdown.
Local watering holes across the country are preparing for the big game and hope to #SeeYouSunday.
Back in Brazil, the team was in high spirits before its trip into the humid heart of the Amazon jungle. When the team captain, who has a broken beak, is photo bombing the coach, you know times are good. #Dempseying > #VanPersieing.
And the good times continued on the #USMNT's coach while en route to Guarulhos airport.
And with that, the team settled in for the four hour flight to Manaus.
Off to Manaus #BusinessTrip— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) June 20, 2014
Sorry Matt Besler, had to do it to you. Feel free to blame Mix Diskerud.
Members of the U.S. Women's National Team joined with more than 28 of the world’s top female footballers and Nike in Paris to unveil their National Team Collection for this summer’s FIFA Women's World Cup.
The USA will compete in France wearing a new collection and a set of kits that channel the energy of the 1999 team and all its championship glory. For the all-white home kit, the shirt features a stripped sleeve cuff reminiscent of those worn by Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy, and is punctuated by three stars above the crest — honoring the USA's world titles from ’91, ’99 and 2015. This theme follows on the shorts, where the single star adorning the sides of the ’99er uniform has been replaced by a stack of three. Knit tape on the back of the neck also displays this embellishment.
Another element to cherish: The back panel of the home shirt presents a tonal gray print formed from each of the 50 states. It is symbolic, a reminder of the nation’s support for the team — an enthusiastic “We’ve got your back!”
As the away team, the WNT amps up its undeniably American identity in a red shirt and shorts with blue socks. The shirt is highlighted by an abstraction of the American flag and the three shining stars. Inner pride on the away shirt reads “One Nation, One Team.”
For each match, the team will wear a new anthem jacket with a pleated back and transparent sleeves. The full collection for the USWNT also includes a blue heather training kit, a drill pant augmented by a USA crest and Swoosh lockup and a suite of lifestyle apparel.
At the historic Palais Brongniart, Nike revealed an array of future-forward women’s innovation. Design for the 14 National Team Kits began with gathering detailed input on fit from professional footballers, followed by 4-D scanning and motion capture in the Nike Sports Research Lab. Beyond innovations in fit, the National Team Kits also reflect Nike’s continued commitment to being the world’s most sustainable sports brand, with each 2019 Nike Kit constructed from at least 12 recycled plastic bottles. Since 2010, Nike has diverted more than 6 billion plastic bottles from landfills through sustainable product design.