Friday, June 10, 2011

What a Stadium!

The basic schedule for the World Games is out. We don't yet know our exact opponents or match times, but we do know that we're playing between 9am and 1:30pm for seven days in a row...June 26-July 3. The first two days will be "divisioning" games. These are preliminary matches that will determine which of the eight or nine tournament levels we will play. The next five days are tournament matches. The best part is the venue: the Helliniko Field Hockey Stadium, built for the field hockey matches at the 2004 Olympics. Check it out:
Although the astroturf surface will make the ball roll out of bounds more often, our team is very good at set pieces, so this plays to our advantage. The stands will create a great atmosphere for players and fans, and the location along the Athens shore will provide fresh breezes (and maybe a trip to the beach after a game)!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Gear Arrives!

Last week, the team was excited to receive their full TEAM USA gear. As you can see in the picture below, it's basically a full wardrobe! Travel shirts of various kinds, a couple of T-shirts, several pairs of shorts, a full track suit, new tennis shoes, and three bags, all provided by Champion and all marked with the TEAM USA logo. We'll be hitting Greece in style...except for those crazy looking shorts on the left...the ones with the red and white stars. Yikes!

Along with the incredible support we've been given by Herb Gainey, the St. Mary's College of Maryland Women's Soccer Team, and Rockville Soccer, who supplied us with balls, shoes, and shinguards, the team is now well equipped for success in Athens. Thanks everyone!