Training Report: Oct 18

18 October 1:58 pm

Training Report: Oct 18

By Olivia Cervantes

After a day off, Chivas USA returned to The Home Depot Center for training this morning ahead of Saturday’s final home match against the Colorado Rapids.

Ante Jazic and Oswaldo Minda returned to Los Angeles to continue training with the club after being out for international duty. The Canadian defender did not appear in Les Rouges’ brutal 8-1 loss to Honduras that lead to their elimination from World Cup contention on Tuesday due to sinus and ear infections. This morning, both Jazic and Minda held a regenerative session with trainers.

“Today, I’m feeling much better than I did yesterday; physically, I’m okay, mentally, still disturbed about the result on Tuesday,” Jazic said. 

The Ecuadorian midfielder arrived in Los Angeles early this morning and reported straight to Chivas USA training. Minda played 20 minutes in Ecuador’s 1-1 draw with Venezuela; the draw helped La Tri move up to second place in CONMEBOL standings and closer to World Cup contention.

Although the two have made long trips in the past week, they will be eligible for this Saturday’s match against Colorado.

“In the end of the day, Coach [Fraser] will have the final word,” said Minda. “If he needs me for a couple of minutes, I’ll be there, and if he needs me for the entire game, I’ll be ready.”