In this video from U.S. Soccer, longtime friends Lori Chalupny, Heather O’Reilly and Ashlyn Harris reveal a corny pregame ritual that they’ve shared for more than 10 years. They also reflect on Chalupny’s years with the U.S. team and her retirement.
The three were on the U.S. youth team that won the inaugural U-19 World Cup in 2002.
And all three played for Anson Dorrance at the University of North Carolina. (Chalupny was with the Tar Heels from 2002 to 2005, O’Reilly from 2003 to 2006, and Harris, the baby, from 2006 to 2009.)
A famously demanding taskmaster, Dorrance isn’t one to lavish praise on his players. That made it all the more annoying, O’Reilly jokes in the video, when the coach “would always talk about the way that Lori approached training and approached games, and how she was just ready from the first moment of warmups.”
Harris says: “She’s a woman of few words. But she doesn’t have to speak.” Chalupny, her friend adds, lets her game do the talking.