The teams’ care with food is well-founded. Last month, a Brazilian consumer defense agency said it discovered food past its expiration date in the hotels where Italy and England are staying during the World Cup.
The Americans are glad they brought their own food and chef, and the players appreciate the added emphasis on nutrition.
“It’s just been top notch,” midfielder Kyle Beckerman said. “I think Jurgen’s really taken the U.S. national team in terms of all of those things to another level. You just really trust in what you’re eating. You know that whatever you’re eating, it’s giving you the best thing to recover and to be at your top level come practice or game time.”
In this photo taken May 21, 2014, U.S. soccer sports performance dietitian Danielle LaFata talks in Stanford, Calif., about the team’s food menu as the team trains in preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil.
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