LA Galaxy Workout at Arizona State University and Athletes’ Performance Facility, Day One Emphasis on Fitness
TEMPE, Ariz. – The LA Galaxy officially kicked off
their 10-day Arizona training camp this
morning under crystal clear skies at the training fields at Arizona State
flying in on Sunday afternoon, the team went through an extra long warmup with
Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Yauss
to help the players get their legs back under them. For more than 20 minutes
the guys went through a series of runs, stretches and focused body movements
designed to get everyone ready for the upcoming session.
was then broken up into three teams of seven for multiple games of possession,
giving everyone their first touches of the ball before getting down to the
day’s primary work.
playing a half dozen four minute games of possession, the team moved directly
to a series of 8v5 attacking drills that featured two forwards, four
midfielders and two outside backs attacking against four defenders and one
holding midfielder, as well as a goalkeeper. Quick passes and movement was used
to help create a number of 2 on 1 advantages for the attacking team. Perhaps
nobody took better advantage of those opportunities than Juninho, who
undoubtedly scored the goal of the day with a bending drive that started
outside Brian Perk’s right post before curling in and dipping under the
crossbar, much to the delight of nearly everyone.
WATCH: Training Update from Arizona: Day 1
session ended with 25 minutes of game play, with the team placing goals at both
18-yard boxes and playing 8v8 inside the field of play and each team having one
attacking player on either flank and Paolo Cardozo playing centrally as a
neutral, meaning that he gave an extra attacker to which ever team was in
possession. Juan Pablo Angel scored a pair of goals in the game, with Chad
Barrett also hitting one for the team in blue, while Michael Stephens scored
from long range for the opposition.
returning to the hotel for lunch, the players had about an hour (which most
used to watch the first half of Chelsea vs.
Fulham match on ESPN2) before getting back into the vans and heading over to
the state-of-the-art Athlete’s Performance facility in Phoenix. There, Yauss
continued the players’ fitness work with three stations of lifts and workouts
focused on the core muscles. The guys then had roughly 45 minutes of free time
in the gym to work on anything that they desired, with most electing to either
jump into the pool or one of hot or cold plunges on offer, providing the
perfect end to the day’s training.
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