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."
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