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2017 Age Group Worlds, from Holland, 2

Second day of practice: Argentina, Colombia and Australia

We arrive at the pool for our scrimmage with Argentina. We have the ten o'clock slot and our U19 girls are finishing up their 9:00 am scrimmage against the Colombian women. It's clear that our U.S. Girls are holding their own and even taking it to Colombia. I speak with Kendall and as usual, he speaks modestly of their performance. I ask him what the score was and he replies "oh, 3 to 2 or something like that".

You heard it here first. I predict that that our U19 girls will medal in these games.

We return to the hotel for lunch and rest. As we leave the hotel, I see our U23 boys ready to head to the pool for their scrimmages. They are in good spirits. Captain Samuel Mariani Jr gives me a hug and I see Che and Omar our San Francisco boys on the U23 team. Hugs all around and now all the U23 boys demand a hug. We laugh, embrace and I know that they will be ok. It's not always about winning when you know you're not a favorite. It's about playing with pride, supporting your teammates and having fun. I give Coach Iain Curtain a hug. He smiles and hugs me back.

At the pool, I speak with Sebastian, the Argentinian Head Coach. He was formerly the coach of the U19 Colombian women and has relocated to Argentina to train the national team. He is a kind and sensitive person who befriended us in Spain at the 2015 worlds. His U19 boys are fit and fast. Well coached, they hold us scoreless and score seven hard fought points on us. But we were playing 9 against their twelve. Our youngest player Justin Lee has come down with a stomach virus. Later that afternoon, Ben Zeigler falls to the same illness. We now have to scrimmage against Columbia and Australia with only eight healthy players.

I speak to the Colombian coach and Australian coaches. We will proceed with the scrimmages, but I do not want to push our boys too hard before the regular games.

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So many letters of encouragement from home. Thank you all. Only one game today.

USA vs South Africa.