Sunday, July 27, 2008

First Training


The team held their first official training in Hong Kong at Mongkok Stadium, where a swarm of media was there to welcome them. There is a lot of attention on this tournament from the locals, and the U.S. is happy to get used to it all before the Olympics. We're not sure if they're going to have to get used to a different kind of grass though - the grounds at Mongkok Stadium were covered with a very thick, weed-like grass. This picture below doesn't quite do it justice, but it was fairly strange. The good news is that there was a small amount of rain, which cut the stifling humidity in half right at the start of training. Everyone would be very happy if the weather could stay that was for the remainder of the trip!


5 comments:

Allee said...

Where are the Benny and Sacha Podcast?
I'd also like to read Kljestan's Korner again.

Andrew said...

Hmm. I have no expertise whatsoever in horticulture, but that grass looks familiar. I'm pretty sure I played on it quite frequently when I lived in Dubai, UAE. If it's the same kind of grass, then it's a slower surface than the fields we use in the US. There will be a bit of an adjustment, especially for those players who train on turf day-in and day-out.

Malachite said...

Cynodon dactylon or Axonopus compressus?not reall sure and recognize this kind of grass.
But It's frequently to see in Asia.

Decker & Christine Smith said...

I was wondering why Sal Zizzo was left off the Olympic team. Does anyone know the answer?

kakafan said...

Work hard boys! We know you'll make us proud!