June 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In the coming months, fans of Florida State soccer will get a glimpse of what their favorite players are doing during their summer vacation in the Seminole Soccer Summer Diary Series.
Junior midfielder Amanda DaCosta gives fans an update on training camp with the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in Cleveland, Ohio. In her third entry, DaCosta talks about practice, a visit from U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage and a possible LeBron James sighting.
June 17, 2009: Cleveland, Ohio
Dear Seminole Fans:
What better way to spend a day off than writing a Seminole Soccer Diary entry!?
Tuesday (June 16), we had two sessions, one in the morning and a scrimmage in the evening. The morning was our typical pre-game practice. We did some technical work bending long balls with the inside and outside of our feet to start things off, and then worked our way into a possession game with some restrictions. First, it was unlimited touches on the ball, then two touches, and finally only one touch allowed. We finished off the session with some crossing and finishing, the punishment being sit-ups (if you call that a punishment) to those who don’t put the ball on the frame of the goal. It was a solid session, a little more laid back then usual since we were preparing for a game later on in the afternoon.
Our game wasn’t until 7:30 p.m., so the rest of the afternoon seemed to drag on. I watched Transports 3 on my laptop since I finished my book. I never thought I’d be the one to say I had a book to read now! Our game was against a W-League team called FC Indiana. They have many international players on their team and I couldn’t tell you how many different languages I thought I heard directed on the field. There were a lot of fans at the game too; many little girls still sporting their Mia Hamm jerseys that seem to never be outdated. A special guest was in attendance also! No you guys, not LeBron…even though I do have a good update I will get to later! The Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage was there to watch our game, and it was a huge honor to be able to play in front of her. I was not in the starting 11 for the game but I did come in for the second half working hard in the center midfield position. We ended up walking away from the evening with a 2-1 victory, on a pair of goals from Penn State forward Katie Schoepfer.
On the way back from the game it started storming pretty bad, and our van was a little low on gas. A local who knew the area well was helping out U.S. Soccer by driving a van full to and from the soccer academy we have been staying at. He started to talk about how LeBron lives just a couple minutes away from the field we were playing at and there was no turning back from there! We drove around his development until the driver pointed out the right house, and it was just as beautiful as I could have imagined! We thought briefly about knocking on his door with the complaint that we had run out of gas, but we figured we looked creepy enough in our white van that we should just head back. I think this might be the last of my LeBron James hunt seeing as I really don’t know how much closer I could get to him. I will still stay hopeful that I run into him at the airport on Friday though!