As the #USMNT seeks to capitalize on its 2-1 victory over Ghana, the players prepared for Portugal this week in São Paulo. After a regeneration session on Tuesday and a day off Wednesday, training resumed in earnest.
After a day off, we got back to work and are zooming in on Portugal. We will be ready !! #OneNationOneTeam— Jürgen Klinsmann (@J_Klinsmann) June 19, 2014
And the prep work continued Thursday morning at São Paulo FC's Barra Funda training center.
After practice, #USMNT winger Brad Davis shared how he is fine tuning his game for Sunday.
Tuesday's regen and Wednesday's time off, helped #USMNT captain Clint Dempsey recharge and get accustomed to playing with a broken nose, something he said kept him from properly breathing during the game versus Ghana. Dempsey will most likely play without a protective mask, but a fan familiar with his situation will be there in case the captain has an about face.
With the match already on the weekend horizon, eager fans are already gearing up for Sunday's showdown.
Local watering holes across the country are preparing for the big game and hope to #SeeYouSunday.
Back in Brazil, the team was in high spirits before its trip into the humid heart of the Amazon jungle. When the team captain, who has a broken beak, is photo bombing the coach, you know times are good. #Dempseying > #VanPersieing.
And the good times continued on the #USMNT's coach while en route to Guarulhos airport.
And with that, the team settled in for the four hour flight to Manaus.
Off to Manaus #BusinessTrip— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) June 20, 2014
Sorry Matt Besler, had to do it to you. Feel free to blame Mix Diskerud.
My name is Brad Smith and I am the official photographer of the U.S. Women's National Team. I joined the WNT as a full-time staff member back in March of 2015 and it has been an incredible experience so far. For this year in review, the choices I made are subjective and personal. They include on-and-off the field moments, and capture the emotions and experiences that players and fans alike navigated in 2017. Some are also just cool photos, but I'm also probably a little bit biased. I hope you enjoy my picks, and I’ll see you all (more than likely through my lenses) in 2018!
- Brad Smith, U.S. WNT Photographer
"Does it rain much in Los Angeles? No, but the team seemed to have no trouble finding it there last January Camp."
"I’m always on the lookout for something different. Gym sessions are just that.
Then when you add some soft window light to a shadow boxing Ashlyn Harris, you get something special."
"When you practice at a college campus, word travels fast. During training at the University of Maryland,
a deserted pitch soon became a surrounded stadium."
"Winners on the field, winners off the field. While the team was in Frisco, we made a special visit to a local hospital.
Rose Lavelle even got a dance lesson."
"One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. Not only does it have fantastic action,
but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. "