World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go!
5 quick notes from US training camp...
1. Belgian coach Marc Wilmots cancels Thursday scrimmage vs. US because of traffic chaos here. "I don't want to sit on a bus for five hours,'' he said. US team will have 2 workouts instead.
2. ESPN hired Landon Donovan as a World Cup analyst. He will commentate on US games from studio in Southern California. Could be some awkward moments, especially if the US is down by a goal with 5 minutes to go.
3. Weston's Alejandro Bedoya, a US midfielder, was greeted by US Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde. Turns out she, like Bedoya, is a Colombian-American. They had a nice chat and posed for photos.
4. Speaking of Bedoya, he and Jozy Altidore have been embroiled in some serious FIFA World Cup video game contests. Bedoya sheepishly admitted that Altidore beat him 2-1 last night.
5. Security was SUPER tight for US open training session today. Armed guards in camo everywhere, and people at bag check confiscated gum, mints, and hand lotion from our bags.