Video: U.S. U19 Team's Finland Cribs
TURKU, Finland – It's time for a tour. Not of the country of Finland, or this city just yet. The players haven't experienced it thus far. But of a building called Petrea, the homebase of the U.S. under-19 men's national team for the two weeks of the FIL U19 World Championships.
It's located in Turku, a short drive from the field where the U.S. will play its games, and just outside the city's main square area. It's a one-floor building used normally as a rehabilitation center, with college-style dorms, a cafeteria, gym, basketball court (which has been used by the U.S. team for floor hockey games), meeting and training rooms, pool and, yes, a Finnish sauna. The Australians, whom the U.S. opens competition with on Friday, are staying at the same place as well as Team England and the homestanding Finns.
USA midfielder Danny Eipp and goalie Kyle Turri take you around the facility, and be sure to check out the floor hockey highlights. Head coach Tim Flynn even played goalie the night before Lacrosse Magazine arrived. But since the guys play so hard, even after just finishing a morning practice, Flynn limited Wednesday's hockey session to about 30 minutes.