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Women's Soccer Team Likes Dylan

How did new U.S. women's coach Pia Sundhage greet her new charges after she became the sixth coach in U.S. Women's National Team history this winter? She sang Dylan. "The Times They Are a-Changin'." Not just the chorus, either.

"We're anxiously awaiting the first words to come out of her mouth, and for those words to be sung, and to be lyrics to a Bob Dylan song, speaks right to me," Abby Wambach said during today's Olympic Summit in Chicago. "I'm a big Bob Dylan fan."

The music didn't stop there. Heather O'Reilly said Sundhage is "a great musician," and she's forever singing to the team. For example, when the team was too hyper recently, she busted out some "Slow down, you move too fast," from Simon & Garfunkel's "59th Street Bridge Song," if Google is to be believed.

"I have to wake 'em up, I have to shake 'em up a little bit," Sundhage said. "It's always soccer, soccer, soccer. Sometimes you need to sit down and remember where you are. I wake 'em up with a song."

Her players said Sundhage recorded an album in Sweden that they're trying desperately to get their hands on; "No, no, it's just two songs," said the coach, a former star for the Swedish national team. "In '88, the Swedish national team was trying to make two songs, and they were looking for who could sing on this team. Everybody pointed at me."

The names of the songs? Translate 'em as "Victory Song" and "We Are Women, We Are the Best."

Anyhow, now the team is a virtual garage band, with Wambach taking up the guitar--"ask me to play for you and I'll say no," she warned--and Sundhage teaching her tunes and frequent games of "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" and locker room discussions of the best pre-game music.

"Sometimes people want old-school, like Journey, 'Don't Stop Believing,' while someone else wants Kanye West," O'Reilly said. "You're trying to pump up 20 different people for the game, but people have a different opinion of pump-up music. I'm versatile, but I lean toward the old-school."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 14, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Olympics  
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I would have destroyed everyone in Rock Band.

Posted by: Hope Solo | April 14, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I would have thought they'd be more partial to Brandon.

Posted by: Bill Fitzgerald | April 14, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

Posted by: qualude conduct | April 14, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

You might want to clean up that last line since it is an incomplete quote and the full quote is used earlier in the post.

I want a raise.

Posted by: sitruc | April 14, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Awww, isn't that sweet. What song do they sing after they vote to banish a teammate after she speaks the truth?

Posted by: Tommie | April 14, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

the guy from sha na na is the team doc, as goff reported earlier.

WNT blog has a photo of him singing and playing with Pia in Mexico

Posted by: WNT fan | April 14, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tri-village | April 14, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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