The team is gearing up for the semi finals. We know Brazil is going to be great. They are possibly the most technical with the ball in the world. We faced them at Giants Stadium a few months ago, and got a good result, but that game has no correlation to the game that we will face tomorrow. Everything changes in a World Cup. Brazil has been playing together for a long time now, and so not only are they incredible individual personalities, but they are an incredible team. That being said, I am very confident in us. We have been tested in this World Cup. We have had our backs against the wall and have shown the world that we don’t break.
I can’t wait for the game. The anticipation in between games is difficult to deal with sometimes. We still try to find things to do to have fun, and relieve some stress. Right now, I am at a Starbucks next to the hotel doing some reading and emails. Some things never change, not even in China! We will find out later today the line up and go over some things for the game and the rest will be up to us! I am trying to keep a couple things in mind as I prepare for this game for extra motivation (not like I need any). The first is the 2003 World Cup. The girls got knocked out in the semi final round to Germany, and I watched the 3-0 loss from my dorm room at UNC with tears rolling down. I can remember their faces as they walked off the field. I am playing for that, to get the World Cup back in our hands. I am also playing for Kristine Lilly. This is (probably!) her last World Cup, and I want her to go out on top. She is truly an amazing player, teammate and captain. She deserves nothing else.
Here we go!