I’m sure Caleb Porter’s doesn’t want to catch a single member of his under-23 side fishing around in the local Barnes & Noble for London travel guides. Not before it’s all official. Ya know, bad luck and all.
But Pia Sundhage and her U.S. women’s national team can certainly begin choosing between the Frommers, the Fodors and the Lonely Planet options for more knowledgeable exploration of greater London. They’ve already qualified for London 2012. So mind the gap, ladies! Enjoy yourselves. You’ve earned it.
Any good trip deserves a proper sendoff, of course.
U.S. Soccer spokesman Neil Buethe told me yesterday that two U.S. women’s matches are near to being announced. They’ll have a home game on either May 26 or 27, which is a FIFA date, as preparations gain speed for the 2012 games.
And there will be a send-off match for the crew, led of course by Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, etc., sometime in late June or early July. The women’s Olympic Tournament begins on July 25.
Previous sendoff matches for men’s or women’s teams have tended to be nearer the East Coast. Buethe hinted, however, that this one might land elsewhere, perhaps with some time for team members to say goodbye to family and friends before departure abroad.
Along the lines of pre-Olympic prep, All White Kit, the last word in women’s soccer blogging in our land, has some details on friendlies involving other countries happening around here.