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Two days away from the Women's World Cup final and U.S. coach Pia Sundhage is feeling so mellow that she's singing Simon and Garfunkel songs to the press. Sundhage often sings and plays her acoustic guitar for her players, but she showed reporters just how relaxed she is ahead of the big game during her Friday press conference.

From the AFP:

Sundhage, who is not shy about singing to her players, blended Simon and Garfunkel's hit 'Feelin' Groovy' into Friday's press conference as she told how she is trying to keep her players relaxed ahead of the Frankfurt final.

"You know, this life is about competition, there is a lot of pressure, a lot of stress," said the 51-year-old from Sweden.

"Of course, the players feel the same thing and while it's exciting, they have to do this, they have to do that.

"So I tell them, slow down you move too fast, you gotta make the morning last, kicking down the cobbled stones looking for fun and feelin' groovy."

Between Megan Rapinoe singing a little Springsteen into a pitchside mic after scoring against Colombia in the group stage and now this, the U.S. team might need to put on a folk/classic rock concert when it returns from Germany. Until then, it seems the players aren't in danger of getting too nerved out before the final. Unless they really dislike the songs of Simon and Garfunkel.

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