Thursday, June 25, 2009

Back in Johannesburg

The U.S. team traveled earlier this morning to Johannesburg, site of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup final. The hotel is just down the road from where the U.S. stayed in 2007 when they defeated South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. By virtue of reaching the final, the U.S. will have played in all four venues in the tournament, all of which will be used during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Today is a complete day off for the players, the coaching staff allowing them to catch their breath and enjoy the moment before getting back to work and bearing down on preparations for Sunday's final.

Stay tuned for video of post-match reaction shortly. Meantime, you can read quotes from the players from last night's monumental victory.

1 comment:

Bone Daddy Sammer said...

Since the team has a day off, hopefully you have a chance to do some sightseeing. We enjoyed the tour on Constitution Hill. The tour included the prison, fort and Constitutional Court. The good and bad history of South Africa was presented to us there. It gave a glimpse of the struggle for the country to become a fair and democratic rainbow nation.

The Top of Africa observation deck in Africa's tallest building was nice. Natalie's gift shop by the Top of Africa's ticket office gave us a fat discount and had some really good stuff. A trip to Soweto looked good, but we were unable to go. There is plenty to see and do.

Our trip is done and we are heading back to Cali in time to watch the finals in the states. We will be back next year for WC 2010 and we are looking forward to having as much fun as we did this time, again. See you guys at the Gold Cup. Thanks for the memories and good luck. Go USA!!!