Practice Report: April 21
CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, April 21, 2011) - Chivas USA went through their last full training session of the week on Thursday in preparation for this weekend’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Thursday’s session was held under perfect playing conditions, with an overcast sky and cool morning temperatures.
The players and coaches were in a very focused mood for the first half of training, as the team worked on passing drills and one-two moves. Next the squad was split into teams to play 7v7 on a small field. The field was divided into thirds, with unlimited touches allowed in the final thirds, but only one touch allowed in the middle of the field. This helped the players work on quick decision-making and fluid buildup play.
The coaches finished by setting up free-kick dummies in the shape of San Jose’s 4-1-4-1 formation, and working the first team through plays and situations they may see in Saturday’s game.
The final half hour of practice was very low-key, with players working on whatever they wanted or competing in games. The majority of the team worked on crossing and finishing. Trujillo, Mendoza, Mondaini and Estupiñán held a causal free-kick competition and were eventually joined by coach Fraser and Vanney as well as general manager Jose Domene. Kennedy, Thornton and Jazic played horseshoes- a soccer version of the popular picnic game, and other guys played soccer tennis.
The team departs to San Jose on Friday. The game against the Earthquakes is at 1:00pm PT and can be seen on Telefutura.