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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

May 27, 2015
SPORT BIGGER THAN ORGANIZATIONS
U.S. Women on FIFA scandal

By Charles Cuttone, Executive Editor
and Michael Lewis, Big Apple Soccer Editor

"The sport is about 11 players on the field," said U.S. Coach Jill Ellis. "So nothing is going to detract from any of the teams, any of the players. It's bigger than organizations. It's passion."
"The sport is about 11 players on the field," said U.S. Coach Jill Ellis. "So nothing is going to detract from any of the teams, any of the players. It's bigger than organizations. It's passion."
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For their part, members of the U.S. Women's National Team, who have waged their own futile battle with FIFA over the playing surfaces at the upcoming Women's World Cup in Canada, had little to say about Wednesday's indictments of key figures in international soccer.

"The sport is about 11 players on the field," said U.S. Coach Jill Ellis. "So nothing is going to detract from any of the teams, any of the players. It's bigger than organizations. It's passion. This is life. This is our sport. "

Abby Wambach, who has been most vocal about the lack of grass issue at the World Cup, said the players were not concerned about Wednesday's events.

"It's important to know that whatever happens in Switzerland or in Brazil, with their federations, or even our own federation, FIFA, we have no idea of what goes on. We have no control. We're just here. We just want to talk about the Women's World Cup, how we are preparing, what we are all doing."

The players, who are in New York ahead of Saturday's game against South Korea at Red Bull Arena, said they are barely aware of what is going on.

"To be honest there's no reaction right now," said captain Christie Rampone, who is about to play in her fifth World Cup. "The fact that we just were aware of it on the bus ride over here. The focus right now is getting ready for the World Cup and getting ready for the game on Saturday."



   
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