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Monday Training Notes - win everything, competitive possession

It was dry-ish and cold-ish, but Monday was really about finding new ways to help players want to do fitness and work on possession.

small sides, small goals
small sides, small goals
Dave Clark

There was no downpour accompanying today's training. After Sunday's off day the first order of business was a little bit of fitness. Dave Tenney did something new today. Rather than running laps or intervals the squad broke up into five-man teams. He then had them do a relay style event to go out to a pole, round it, return and pass a penny to the next man. The bottom three teams had to do push-ups. He shortened the distances for later heats and even had players do the race twice in the last two rounds. It was a good way to build interval fitness and, because these guys compete about anything, everyone tried to win.

At the end of one heat the two leading squads were anchored by David Estrada and Dylan Remick. Remick closed on Estrada and in an actual track event would be a photo finish. Today Dylan did something his track coaches would have hated. He launched himself into a dive over and past the finish line. He still finished second.

Two different small sided contests were held on the near side of the field. The first contest was had a single neutral with eight men to a side and two small goal mouths to defend. It was short and wide pitch with the goal being quick passes through or crosses to switch while on defense there was an emphasis on pressuring throughout the area.

The other contest was a more typical reduced side reduced field game. When the pitch shrinks like that you can really see players move the ball quickly as it takes almost no time for the defense to close on a player when they sides are eight and a keeper playing on a pitch that is maybe one quarter size.

Health Update

  • Leo is getting back into things. He participated in full today. Sigi talked about his health after the session, "It's good. He went through all of training today, went through all of training with no issues and felt good at the end. We'll see how he feels tomorrow, but I think he's on pace to be able to play some minutes in Charleston and put himself in contention for the starting lineup."
  • Will Bates did most, or all, of the fitness work. He did not do soccer activities today.
  • There were no other health notes

Omar Browne is no longer with the organization. Gonzalo Pineda is integrating well with the squad. During Sigi's media session he mentioned that part of the reason he was not under contract recently was recovery from a non-specific surgery. Brad Evans is in New York for the MLS media sessions.

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