Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Day Before

U.S. head coach Kaz Tambi speaks to the team during the final training before the semifinal

The U.S. team held its final training before the U17 WWC semifinal at a charming little soccer stadium called English Park. The squad ran through a short session in chilly weather this afternoon, playing some possession games, doing some shooting (for the attackers) and clearing (for the defenders) while also practicing penalty kicks, because, well, you never know. The rest of the day was spent relaxing, doing a little shopping around the great downtown area in Christchurch and in the evening, watching a movie together. The flicker of choice? Braveheart. If that doesn't get you pumped up to play what will be the toughest match of the tournament so far, nothing will. The Mewis sisters, who are partly of Scottish decent, must have been especially motivated.

Later in the evening, William Wallace spoke to the players

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