Galaxy Adjusting on the Fly
– The Galaxy’s preseason trip to Arizona
hit its first speed bump on Saturday when heavy rains hit the region, forcing
the club to adjust their schedule on the fly to try and get their work in.
After practicing on the
soccer field at Arizona
State all week long, the
Galaxy were moved to the Sun Devils’ track stadium on Saturday afternoon so as
to not overly damage the playing surface. However, with the rains at their
heaviest when the club was supposed to take the field, the coaching and
training staffs agreed that it would be best to keep the players off the field
to avoid any potential injuries. As a result, Strength and Conditioning Coach
Ben Yauss put the guys through a 45 minute movement and core workout under the
bleachers, one of the only dry spots available.
The players paired up to do
a series of quick movement and core conditioning drills, focusing on fine
tuning much of the fitness and conditioning work that the team has done over
the first month of preseason. All of the drills featured short, quick motions
with the players having to stabilize themselves after each, so as to properly
utilize their core.
The rains continued on
Sunday morning, causing the day’s game against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC,
which was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. PT to be pushed back until 1 p.m. PT.
However, while the rains subsided around noon, the field at Arizona State
remained unplayable, forcing the game to be cancelled.
With the late change of
plans, the team staff had to quickly modify their schedule and find an
alternative location to workout in. With the club’s usual options unavailable,
plans were made to bring the players, in two groups of 13, to a local LA
Fitness facility for another gym workout.
The Galaxy and Whitecaps
will now meet on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. PT and then again in their
regularly scheduled game on Tuesday at 10 a.m. PT before returning to Southern California on Wednesday.
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