Preparing for the Galaxy
CARSON, Calif. (Monday, May 2, 2011) - Normally after a Saturday game, the team has two days off: Sunday and Monday. But this week is a bit different for the Red-and-White. The Goats have a Tuesday reserve match against the Galaxy, so things have to be shifted around. To prepare for game, the team was at The Home Depot Center early on Monday, starting the week’s training one day earlier than usual.
“It changes our rhythm, but it is what is,” said head coach Robin Fraser. “The schedule is what it is. We’ll do what we can to make sure everyone is prepared for the reserve game, and that the group that plays on the weekend is also ready for that.”
The focus of Monday’s training seemed to be mostly on getting ready for the match against the Galaxy. It was a very hot and sunny day as the Goats took the field in the morning. A few players were sporting shorter haircuts, and nearly everyone opted for white sleeveless training shirts. After warm-ups and some passing drills, the squad split up and the reserves played the starting eleven a full field scrimmage.
It was a lighter session for the starters, who were only one full day removed from the match against New England. But the reserves kept working a bit longer, running through set pieces and strategy for the Galaxy match.
After practice, Coach Fraser talked about the importance of Tuesday’s match.
“The reserve games are critical,” he said. “We’ve got a number of young players and guys who need minutes. To win in this league you have to be able to play a number of players. It’s important that these guys are getting minutes so they are game-sharp and when they get their opportunities in the first team they’ll be ready.”
The reserve match against the Galaxy will be open to the public, and is scheduled to kickoff at 11 a.m. in The Home Depot Center’s Track and Field Stadium.