Behind the Scenes Looks at the U-21 USWNT's Day in London

April 18, 2017, 12:09 p.m. (ET)

When U.S. Junior and Senior National Teams travel abroad for international competition, the trips aren't 100 percent field hockey business on the pitch. Rest days are allocated for the athletes' bodies to recharge with the added perks of sightseeing, taking in the local culture and overall give the athletes a one-of-a-kind experience. Go behind-the-scenes with USA Field Hockey as we highlight the U.S. U-21 Women's National Team's day in London, England.

Before the Adventure Begins...
Olympian and former USWNT defender Rachel Dawson transitions into the U-21 USWNT manager role for this tour, posing all chipper before the squad's adventure begins. Will her excitement still be intact at the end of the full day? Let's find out! 
 

Quack, quack...
Making friends with the locals, U-21 USWNT athletes enjoy the feathery company at Hyde Park.


The Royal Residence...
If you don't take a picture like this did you even really go to London? A touristy group shot in front of Buckingham Palace is a must. 

 

Tick-Tock...
Located
 at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, the U-21 USWNT snapped a shot in front of Big Ben. The iconic double-decker bus also made it into this lovely frame.

 

Memorial for the Working Women...
A national monument dedicated to the work that women undertook during the Second World War, the Monument to the Women of World War II sits on Whitehall in London.

 

Survival Tip...
Pay close attention to that black sign on the building. It could be beneficial for tourists like the U-21 USWNT against London's guards travel companions.

 

Anno Decimo Edwardi Septimi Regis...
Admiralty Arch is a landmark building in London which incorporates an archway providing road and pedestrian access between The Mall, which extends to the southwest, and Trafalgar Square to the northeast. It was commissioned by King Edward VII in memory of his mother, Queen Victoria.

 

Survived...
A day full of sightseeing did indeed leave Dawson and Olympian and U-21 USWNT assistant coach Shannon Taylor excited... but in need of coffee.

 

Last but not Least...
U-21 USWNT Head Coach Phil Edwards reflects on a day spend in his hometown...

 

Photos Courtesy of Shannon Taylor