Practice Report – 1/27
Chivas USA took the field in Paso Robles again on Thursday, continuing the team’s training camp in the Central Coast of California. The team is playing at a three-field complex three miles south of downtown Paso Robles, in a secluded spot down dirt roads, and Thursday was the second straight day of double sessions, with a first training at about 9:30 a.m., followed by a second at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday morning’s session consisted of a brief warm-up of jogging around the field, led by Head Coach Robin Fraser, before moving into small 5v2 keep-away drills. The squad then moved into passing drills for about 20 minutes before finishing with a series of 60-yard runs which were designed to both work on fitness and also help players with field awareness. The players did the runs while being forced to use their peripheral vision to either track other players, or catch soccer balls being thrown over their heads. While it was difficult at first, the players seemed to enjoy the experience, and many almost forgot that they were simply running for more than 30 minutes.
The team has one final practice on Thursday afternoon, expected to involve more playing than fitness, before the first day off in Paso Robles on Friday. After many days of hard work, including several days of double sessions, the team is excited for a tough final practice on Thursday before getting a well-earned rest.