Practice Report: March 22, 2011
CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, March 22, 2011) - After a day off on Monday, Chivas USA returned to The Home Depot Center Tuesday for their first full practice since the season opener. A torrential two-day rainstorm came to a halt just in time for training, and the team happily practiced under a beautiful partly cloudy sky.
But the training on Field Six featured only a handful of Red-and-White players. The small group consisted of most of the starters from Saturday’s season opener against Sporting KC, with the exception of Zarek Valentin (with the US Under 20 team) and Alejandro Moreno (with the Venezuela National Team). Andrew Boyens and Michael Umaña are also away on national team duty, with New Zealand and Costa Rica respectively.
Midfielders Paulo Nagamura and Simon Elliott worked separately on the side of practice, rehabbing their injuries. Both are progressing and are looking forward to returning to full training.
The remainder of the team was at The Track and Field stadium, getting ready for a scrimmage against local college team Loyola Marymount University.
The match was a great chance for the substitutes and reserves from Saturday’s Kansas City match to get a good run and see some game action. Chivas USA won the contest 5-0, with three goals from rookie forward Victor Estupiñán.
The team will train daily the rest of the week, in anticipation of Saturday’s match against defending MLS champion Colorado Rapids.