SOFIA, Bulgaria—The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team kicked off the Sofia Deaflympics with gold-medal expectations, and the women played like it in their first game against Greece, which it won 11-0.
According to US Deaf Sports: The team got off to a rocky start, though, nearly forfeiting when players didn’t get their identification badges in time. U.S. Team operations specialist Brianne Burger did some quick leg work and saved the day, handing the badges to an irate official.
The game then started, but both teams were tense because they were uncertain what to expect from each other – the entire Greek team is new to the Deaflympics and in its first match of the Games faced a tough American squad that returns five players from its gold-medal 2009 team and that won Worlds last year.
U.S. next faces Poland at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
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