So… with roughly two days to prepare the MLS All Stars will be taking on one of the toughest and strongest teams in Europe.
Word out of the Press Conference today was – we will look to attack and try to showcase our talent; entertainment is critical and the final words from Caleb also indicated a keen sense of awareness in managing the minutes of the players.
They all, mostly, resume MLS play this next weekend and the primary concern is to ensure everyone remains healthy while looking to give the supporters their best. A tough challenge regardless of who you play.
So how did training go for the MLS All Stars today?
Well it was nothing near as focused as the Bayern Munich training session I watched yesterday — read here for that quick blurb.
To begin the guys got in a circle and stretched:
About 15-20 minutes later they took a quick break and then moved on to small sided passing. That training was so fast the speed on my camera couldn’t keep up. And if you think I’m joking I’m not – after their first session Caleb had to shorten the 7 v 2 zone to make it harder, he indicated that in the Press Conference later this same afternoon.
When finished there they played three sided passing drills.
Basically the three teams looked to make six successive passes and then move the ball across to the other side of the pitch with a switch. Works well if your team is good a short passing – can be wicked hard if you’re always chasing the ball.
Finally, after all that was done they kinda hung out and chatted for a bit. Here’s an interesting picture of Will Johnson and Michael Bradley.
I couldn’t be sure what was said but I’ve added what I think is a reasonable conclusion in the caption.
If you have some thoughts on a reasonable caption please add them below.
All for now.