Practice Report: April 7

Team prepared for Saturday's match against Columbus

CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, April 7, 2011) - Chivas USA trained on a brisk Thursday morning at The Home Depot Center, with a group of special invited guests watching the practice from the sidelines. Several of the players’ families were out on Field 6, with kids running around and even kicking around with the players before and after practice. While the training session was running, however, the players worked hard as preparations continue for Saturday’s game against the Columbus Crew.

The team did its usual warm-ups and passing drills, and integrated a brief reflexes and acceleration contest under Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Liston. Then the players divided into defenders, midfielders, and forwards, with each group working on specific skills. The backs worked on 1v1 defending against each other, competing for headers and trying to close down attackers running at them with speed. The midfielders played short sided games, and the forwards worked through finishing drills.

After practice, Head Coach Robin Fraser spoke to media about some of the changes the team made for the Toronto game, and if he’ll look to keep some of the switches for Saturday’s game. He spoke highly of defender Heath Pearce, who transitioned smoothly into a central role against TFC, as well as Michael Lahoud, who he said has “all the tools” to be a good outside back and has done well in learning the position. Fraser was upbeat about the team’s performance recently and said the group was eager to get its first win on Saturday in front of the devoted and passionate Chivas USA fans.