Contrary to popular opinion, there is a wonderful time to pick up stray hitchhikers: when those needing a lift are star members of the U.S. women's national soccer team.
The report states that the unexpected turn of events unfolded after the bus, which was carrying members of the team from their public practice at the Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando on Saturday, broke down. When you are as recognizable as these athletes, hitching a ride is hardly a problem.
Thanks to social media, we can all live vicariously through the lucky fans who were more than happy to chauffeur the squad to their hotel.
Team forward Sydney Leroux tweeted the following:
Our bus broke down at the stadium. Option A: Hitchhike with fans. Option B: Wait. What do you think we did? pic.twitter.com/ntqwBIVHFp— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) November 9, 2013
Waiting certainly isn't an option for the USWNT. We imagine when it comes to this particular squad, there would be a line of cars willing to lend a ride.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo added the following from her Twitter feed:
We really do have THE BEST fans!I mean,having our backs when our bus breaks down?And getting us back to our hotel safely! Awesome!— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) November 9, 2013
As the report states, the team was preparing to square off against Brazil on Sunday, a fixture Team USA won, 4-1. The team definitely had an eventful weekend, but it pales in comparison to the kind of time Carley Painter had.
Her Twitter bio proclaims she is a huge fan of the squad, specifically star forward Abby Wambach. Well, it just so happens that Painter was one of the fans who gave the team a lift.
Wambach tweeted back to her in kind:
Hey @CarleyPainter thanks to you all for the ride home today buddy. Hopefully I'll be able to return the favor someday!!— Abby Wambach (@AbbyWambach) November 9, 2013
And Painter followed with the kind of tweets you would expect from a fan who was suddenly and quite unexpectedly in a car with her hero.
Abby followed me. My life is complete... #dreambig— Carley Painter (@CarleyPainter) November 9, 2013
still can't believe it. pic.twitter.com/mXmi0m4EPz— Carley Painter (@CarleyPainter) November 9, 2013
I wouldn't even begin to think of how to spark small talk when someone you idolize suddenly shows up in the backseat of your car. "So how about this weather?"
Of course, we don't condone picking up perfect strangers from the side of the road. However, if you see one of the most entertaining and well-loved teams in the country standing near a broken-down bus, you pack the minivan with as much world-class talent that will fit.
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