Day 4 in Arizona Sees Squad Split After Morning Meeting
TEMPE, Ariz. – Fresh off Wednesday’s
preseason defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rapids, the LA Galaxy changed up
their plans for Thursday in an effort to give some players time to recover and
others the chance to put in a bit of additional work.
a morning meeting at the team hotel, a group of 17 players traveled to the
team’s training field for a 50-minute game against the U.S. Under-18 National
Team while the other nine guys joined Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Yauss
for a 90-minute pool and gym workout at Athletes’ Performance. That group
included Juan Pablo Angel, Landon Donovan, Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin, Omar
Gonzalez, Juninho, Leonardo and Miguel Lopez, all of whom played at least 45
minutes in Wednesday’s game, as well as midfielder Dan Keat who is continuing
his recovery from a heel injury.
that group went in one direction, the rest of the squad and the coaching staff
traveled back to Tempe
for the game. Played over two 25-minute halves, the Galaxy won 1-0 with Mike
Magee scoring the game’s only goal midway through the second half.
addition to Keat, the only Galaxy player not to play in either of the two
contests was Chad Barrett, who also missed training on Tuesday with tightness
in his hamstring. After receiving treatment on the muscle over the last two
days, Barrett was able to go through the warm up with the team and play
possession for more than 10 minutes before continuing his rehab work on the
side of the field with Head Athletic Trainer Armando Rivas and jogging around
the field throughout the first half.
Saunders and Donovan Ricketts went through a complete training session with Ian
Feuer throughout the game, utilizing an area behind one of the goals that has
become their home for the last four days.
the two groups reconvened for lunch at the hotel, the 17 players that had gone
to the training field joined Yauss for an extended gym session at AP in Phoenix while the others
met with the training staff to receive treatments and massages.
four days already completed in Arizona,
the team is nearly halfway through their 10-day camp with three training
sessions and two games against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC still remaining on the
sure to check back here throughout the club’s trip to Arizona
for all the latest news and information from Tempe.
On The Road: Arizona (part 1)
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