The U.S. women’s soccer team has a friendly against Portugal tonight in Minneapolis. Naturally, they arrived to the Twin Cities a few days early to prepare and, thus, began a truly star-studded weekend in the world of sports.
Because the four-time World Cup champion USWNT couldn’t not hang out with the four-time WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, right?
It all started at Lynx practice on Saturday, where Alyssa Naeher, Adrianna Franch, Sam Mewis, Abby Dahlkemper and Crystal Dunn tested their skills against some of the WNBA’s best:
Thanks for crashing practice, @USWNT! pic.twitter.com/yJ08K8eCns— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) August 31, 2019
Mewis, in particular, was very game, even rising for a jump against the one and only Sylvia Fowles ... with predictable results:
Found it, the greatest photo on the internet.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) August 31, 2019
Look how high she jumped. Sam really tried, you guys. pic.twitter.com/WNIcB2fWbG
On Sunday night, Mewis was joined courtside by teammates Megan Rapinoe, Jessica McDonald and Victory Tour call-up Kristen Hamilton to watch the Lynx take on the Indiana Fever:
WE— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) September 2, 2019
The Lynx pulled off a tough win in front of their new fans. But Rapinoe, the girlfriend of Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, still made it clear which team had her loyalty:
We’re all about supporting our fellow incredible athletes but sorry y’all, @mPinoe’s loyalty lies elsewhere— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) September 2, 2019
(@sammymewy is all of us ) pic.twitter.com/BC6bP448Gj
The fun didn’t end there!
On Monday, the Lynx visited the USWNT at their practice. From the team’s Twitter feeds, the basketball players may have fared a little better on the soccer field than the soccer players did on the basketball court.
Here’s Napheesa Collier slotting one past Franch:
SIGN HER UP. pic.twitter.com/tiPyfQRwld— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) September 2, 2019
And Danielle Robinson stepping in goal and making a save:
The talent is undeniable, @justDROB. pic.twitter.com/5kqh13f59A— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) September 3, 2019
At the end of the day, this whole experience was about two ultra-talented, ultra-decorated teams sharing their sports with each other on one special weekend.
in case you were wondering...— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) September 2, 2019
yes, we are bffs with @USWNT now pic.twitter.com/LCHJEoinJH
As announced in July, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team’s preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be highlighted by an expanded training and tour schedule. Lynx center Fowles is one of the eight core players who will participate in every training segment as the national team drums up enthusiasm to compete for its fourth straight Olympic gold medal.
With a partnership like this weekend’s, how could that soccer World Cup excitement not smoothly extend to the basketball court?