Jill Ellis on Olympics preparations, Alex Morgan, and what she's writing in her notebook
The summer of soccer continues in August as the Rio Olympics get underway, with the U.S. women's national team looking to follow up its 2015 World Cup title with Olympic gold. In advance of the tournament, SI senior writer Grant Wahl caught up with U.S. coach Jill Ellis for the Planet Futbol Podcast. In the interview, Ellis discusses the fitness status of Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, and what having a full healthy Alex Morgan will do for the U.S. team in Rio. The coach also offers her theory of why it's been so hard for teams to pull off the Olympic-World Cup double, and what exactly it is she's writing so furiously in her notebook on the sideline.
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