Bonjour les amis

July 02, 2011, 9:25 a.m. (ET)
Bonjour les amis,

Glad to let you know that Team USA successfully deployed to Lille, France seeking glory at the Champions Challenge II! After the usual travel issues such as delayed or missed flights and the resulting loss of baggage encountered by a couple of teammates had been remedied, our still jetlagged eyes were somewhat pleasantly surprised by the fact that our rooms turned out to be an utter contrast to the rather remote and rural location as well as the soviet nostalgia facade of our hotel. Also, we were very pleased during our first training session to find out that the tournament pitch was of stellar quality. Perfect conditions for Team USA to be successful!