Cheerleaders greet the U.S. women's soccer team in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Monday.

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Jillian Loyden, 26, of Vineland is a backup goalkeeper for the U.S. soccer team playing in the Women's World Cup tournament in Germany. She was The Press Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2002 for Vineland High School.

She is filing periodic updates for The Press during the World Cup.

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Welcome to Wolfsburg.

After an hour bus ride to Frankfurt, an hour plane ride into Hanover, and then another hour bus ride, we finally arrived in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Despite the awful, rainy, drab weather, we received a warm welcoming from the small hometown natives.

There was a marching band and a team of cheerleaders who performed upon our arrival. All the Germans are so excited to have our team staying in their little town.

Once we got to the hotel, we all raced to get some food, sat down for about five minutes, and then got prepared to leave for training.

The players who didn't play a majority of the match against Colombia played (five vs. five) for about 30 minutes. It was pretty tiring, but at the end of the day, it was a lot of fun. Well, it was at least fun for my team because we won.

We headed back to the hotel to have dinner and relax for the rest of the evening. It was an exhausting day, but we are one step closer to brining home the cup. We will play Sweden on July 6 in Wolfsburg in front of a soldout crowd of 26,000 to determine the final group rankings.

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