So it was a beautiful day in Salt Lake City today, so I hopped on the train down to Rio Tinto Stadium to check out the RSL practice session before Saturday’s big match with the Seattle Sounders.
It was the fairly light practice as is the norm the day before a match, a few drills and then some various small pitch action. There were a couple of noticeable things, first was that Alvaro Saborio who had just returned to Utah after his national team duty the last week wasn’t at practice, but as Jason Kreis would point out after practice, Sabo has played several times for RSL after missing practice sessions. It was good to see Javier Morales back fully involved in all aspects of training, Chris Wingert saw his first practice session with the ball since his foot surgery but is still a couple weeks away. Cole Grossman was out with a concussion and while Carlos Salcedo also is recovering from a concussion he was an active part of practice while wearing a protective headgear. David Viana was working out with trainers but wasn’t involved in many of the activities at practice. It was good to see a much fuller team working together to get ready for a match than at any time all season.
After practice RSL head coach Jason Kreis took a few moments to answer some questions from the media, here is video of that:
After the jump there are some pictures from the practice session.
On thing I always notice at RSL practice is how fierce the competition is no matter if it is stretching, skill drills or no matter what the staff has them doing and now with the mi Adidas system being used, I bet the guys even compare data after practice sessions.
I do think I am going to have to figure out how to get access to the data on this machine.
It might have been a “light” workout with a match on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean guys don’t go hard
I love watching the keeper drills, always a chance to get a good picture or two
You can check out some more pictures on my google+ page
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