Tuesday’s training field update

Starters train, reserves travel, rehabbing players getting close

Blair Gavin Training at HDC

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Gabe Dahl / Chivas USA

CARSON, Caliv. (Tuesday, May 10, 2011) - Chivas USA returned to The Home Depot Center this morning to begin another week of training. The team, or at least most of them, went through a light session on a beautiful sunny Tuesday. The starters and rehabbing players trained for just under 90 minutes, but it was quiet this morning as the reserve players were missing, flying home after Monday night’s 3-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC Reserves.

Coach Jim Liston led the team through a lengthy warm-up, making sure the players have their legs back under them after Saturday’s exhausting match against RSL. Coaches Vanney and Fraser then put the squad through several passing and possession drills, before finishing with a scrimmage.

The scrimmage was 7v7, and players were limited to only one touch. The game was fast paced, but there were some delightful moves and good goals. It’s clear that the one touch work the Red-and-White have been doing this year is playing off- the players looked comfortable moving the ball quickly in the congested field.

Several Goats players are getting closer to returning from injuries, and there were positive signs at today’s training. Seth Owusu, Tristan Bowen, Paulo Nagamura and Blair Gavin went through the warm-up and beginning of training today, before working on the side with Liston and trainer Brian Lee for the remainder of the session. Defender Mike Lahoud has recovered from a slight concussion as well, playing 90 minutes for the reserves on Monday.

After training, cdchivasusa.com caught up with Blair Gavin on his way to the weight room to check on his recovery. Gavin says he’s getting better every day, and can feel his body and mechanics improving in each session. While it’s been tough sitting on the sidelines during games, the second-year midfielder assured us he isn’t getting frustrated.

“Obviously I’d like to be playing, don’t get me wrong, but we have to do it right,” said Gavin. “With all the injuries that I’ve had, we have to take it even longer this time. And with the hamstring there are so many things that go into it, and so much you have to do for it.”

Gavin said he was proud of the team and has been really impressed with the way they’ve been playing the last few weeks. He said that he’s looking forward to getting back on the field soon, and will work hard to help the team however he can when he does return.