By Megan Wood
Nearly two weeks after an intense World Cup tournament and a riveting US-Japan final that captured international attention, Women’s Professional Soccer has settled back into its season.
On Wednesday, the Boston Breakers and the Philadelphia Independence met at Harvard Stadium for a league match in front of over 3,000 fans. Play, in other words, was back to “normal.” But weren’t players physically and emotionally drained from the drama of the tournament? And how do you embrace as teammates players you battled so fiercely in Germany?
Like all WPS teams, the Boston Breakers’ roster boasts international players, including Aya Sameshima from Japan and Rachel Buehler of the US National Team. What did I see on Wednesday night? Buehler and and Sameshima slapped hands and chatted throughout the game. But the experience has clearly left a powerful mark on both.
FairGameNews spoke with Sameshima and Buehler about play and emotions post World Cup 2011.