Redemption Week

A look inside the team's training session on Monday ahead of Saturday's match in Chicago

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The Galaxy completed Monday’s training session at The Home Depot Center
with a series of five-on-five games that yielded some impressive goals
as well as clever passing and tactics from both sides. Today was the
first training session leading up to Saturday’s game with the Chicago
Fire and the team left no doubt that they are completely focused on
winning the game and getting back to the form that has led them to the
top of the league standings.

Today’s training session began with
and extended warmup and a mix of drills that focused on fundamentals and
precision passing that featured plenty of one-on-one instruction from
Bruce Arena and Dave Sarachan.

David Beckham was running and cutting at full speed and looked
impressive in five-on-five action and continues to prepare himself for a
late season return with the team. He set up his teammates with some
inch-perfect passes and also knocked home an impressive goal with a well
placed shot past Josh Saunders. He even found time to share a laugh
with Eddie Lewis on a throw-in midway through one game.

Gregg Berhalter continued with his running program in the hopes of
returning to game action this weekend. He also stayed on the field after
the training session to speak with Omar Gonzalez about defensive
tactics and positioning and continues to mentor the young defender.

The
five-on-five games maintained a furious pace throughout as both sides
were attacking and counter-attacking constantly to create some
impressive scoring opportunities. None of it fazed Donovan Ricketts who
looked impressive as always with some diving saves and defensive play.
He certainly faced plenty of powerful strikes during today’s training
session including a Tristan Bowen screamer that he saved with ease.

The Galaxy will continue to train at The Home Depot Center through
Thursday before leaving for Chicago with hopes of leveling the season
series after a 3-2 loss at the beginning of August.