Practice Report: October 22
This morning Chivas USA went through their last regular training session of the season, in preparation for tomorrow night’s match against the Chicago Fire. There was only a small group of players on the field, because most of the guys who played heavy minutes on Wednesday night were doing regeneration training inside The Home Depot Center.
The main focus in the training was finishing. First the coaches ran the team through a 2v1 finishing drill, emphasizing quick decision-making, the final pass and finishing from close range. Afterwards the team played a 4-on-4 game with Maldonado acting as “king,” playing offense for both sides to keep the advantage with the attackers and help increase chances.
As the players cooled down with a light lap around the field, Carlos Borja helped lift Jonathan Bornstein onto the shoulders of Ben Zemanski and Sal Zizzo. Jonny was carried around the field as the rest of the team laughed and joked about his final training session with Chivas USA.
Participants from the 2010 Coaching Seminar were in attendance, with coaches from Chivas USA’s youth academy, other local academies and even two coaches from London rounding out the unusually large audience. Chivas USA Coaches Carlos and Nick printed out copies of the day’s training schedule for all of the visitors to follow along, and were constantly interacting with them, explaining what was going on.
After practice, Chivas USA’s U18 head coach Sacha van der Most van Spijk described the plans for the rest of the afternoon’s coaching seminar.
“We’ll go down to the press room now,” he said. “There will be presentations from Martin, Carlos and Nick about the first team and then we’ll talk about our youth development program: what happened last year, and what we’re looking forward to in the future.”