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We played a match this evening with TSG 51, a small club just outside Frankfurt. We played well and came out of it with a strong win. Our girls played a nice possession game and moved the ball well. We finished very well too. This might have been the most fun activity for us so far. For the record, we got goals from: Mercedes, Amanda, Summer, Tara, Sarah and Lauren. Entire team made these goals possible.

Tonight, we learned what “club” really means. TSG 51 has their own fields, locker rooms and their own club house. Being a member of this club is not an annual decision. Members stay members for a long time. Supporting the club for generations keeps costs far, far lower than what we’re used to. How about $25 registration fees and $15/month training fees? And how about a club where you go and have dinner and socialize with your friends? Pictures below…

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A competitive night of foosball. Michael our bus driver is a talented player.

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Girls cleaned up in lockers before dinner. Picture here with their goalkeeper.

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Session this morning with the third former professional coach. Coach Cesar (spelling is definitely wrong) is from Poland and ran the session in German, Polish and French. Girls did fine.

And we found out we made the paper! On the front of the sports section, an article on Eintracht Frankfurt’s session yesterday started by talking about us. One of our players was quoted as saying “Oh my God, what are they doing?”

The last picture is our hostel.
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It’s 12:24am Friday morning and I’m tired. Curfew was at 11pm for the players. Later this morning, my amazing wife Cheryl will go to the players’ rooms and wake them at 7:30. Breakfast is at 8 and we board the bus at 9.

We will train a short session in the morning and return to our hostel. We have a match against TSG 51 with a 5pm kickoff. We will have dinner afterwards at the TSG 51 clubhouse

This evening, we walked about 15 minutes through Frankfurt to Adolf Wagner’s restaurant. Nearly everyone has the schnitzel which was amazing. Phenomenal dinner tonight!

Walked back and found ourselves a nice ice cream vendor.

Girls are good. Very glad we have Udo with us – he is a great tour guide! And our bus driver is extremely talented – the man can drive a huge bus though tiny streets with amazing ease.

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20110708-123538.jpgWalking home, there is this cool looking old place that is a wine cellar rathskellar. It was said that the building is from the 1200s..

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After leaving the stadium and rushing lunch back at the hostel, we have traveled to Eintracht Frankfurt’s youth facility where a week long camp is underway. I’ll post more pictures when I can, but wanted to get at a few up.

We got Layne (Lauren’s little sister) working out with a group her age and she rocked. I saw 1 goal for sure – she did very well.

The team worked out with Coach Norbert, a former player with Bayern-Munich. And let me add that we are being treated very well.

Oh, and the weather today is amazing. Sunny, cool and breezy.

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20110708-122050.jpgWe trained a second session later with coach Gary. Wish I had more details on Gary, buy I don’t. He played professionally somewhere… Gary is the director of the Eintracht Frankfurt Youth Program.

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We stopped by Walt Stadion, home of Eintracht Frankfurt and the stadium where Brasil played Equitorial Guinea last night. We hit the gift shop, met with Ricardo Clark (a USA national player from Atlanta who plays for EF) and watched a training session.

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This is our goalkeeper with the Eintracht Frankfurt starting keeper. Udo has trained this keeper since he was very young.20110708-121228.jpg

Well, let’s go with disappointing. At least with respect to the USA vs Sweden game. We should have done better.

Besides that (do you think the USA national team knows they are messing up our plans?), the first day was incredible. Flight was great, hostel is great and dinner was very good at the hostel. The charter bus and driver are fantastic.

After that a tour of Frankfurt on foot was very good and then watching the USA/Sweden in the Frankfurt Football Garden was incredible. Right on the water with the game on the big screen, the Frankfurt skyline behind the screen and everything just ‘different’.

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