Friday, September 14, 2012

U.S. women's soccer team coach, opens up about strategy

Unequivocally the best women's team in the world, the U.S. national team took the Olympics by storm as they soundly defeated every opponent they faced. Their coach, Pia Sundhage, was arguably the backbone of the team. She recently announced that she is resigning in order to coach her home national team in Sweden. Surely, the U.S. women will miss their fearless leader, who garnered them a 89-6-10 record.

Sundhage gave an exclusive interview to U.S. Soccer on September 6, in which she discussed strategy, her team's strengths and weaknesses and everything in between.

With regard to her strategy during the Olympics, Sundhage told U.S. Soccer, "I try to put myself in the other coaches’ shoes and see what she or he is trying to do. I try to look at their style and so forth. It’s more like tactical adjustments because that is very important at the highest level."

Sundhage added that she always chose her lineup carefully and with consideration of the team's opponents, as she believes the players are some of the most important soccer equipment an elite team has.

While the U.S. coach won't give away any of her team's soccer drill secrets, before several of their exhibition games coming up this fall, the U.S. women's soccer team will hold practice sessions open to the public. It will give fans an in-depth, exclusive look at how the gold medal winners train day in and day out.

Fans sporting U.S. soccer jerseys who would like to find out more about the sessions or purchase tickets to one of the exhibition games can visit U.S. Soccer's website.

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