I made it out to practice yesterday morning, a small practice with just the starting players since the reserves were traveling back from KC after their 2-2 draw with Sporting.
Mainly just 4v4 & 5v5 scrimmaging and then a super entertaining final drill of keeper wars where the teams were split up into two sides with 5 or 6 players each. They were allowed to dribble 1v1 with the keeper up to a set of cones that were about 20 yards from goal and rip a shot on frame. They kept taking turns until one keeper let in 5 goals.
Not surprisingly, Jackson, Daniel Hernandez & Andrew Jacobson were the most dangerous threats while Zach Loyd had no problem cracking them from long range as well.
Just a few notes
Shea Sits Out Schellas said it was just a precaution as Shea had an MRI on his turf toe, they expect nothing to be found wrong and I would anticipate that he plays on Sunday, but perhaps a spot on the bench for one of the three games next week wouldn't be a shock.
Hartman back Kevin trained fully yesterday, made some nice saves and looks good to go for Sunday night. Seitz did a fantastic job, but with two massive games coming up against Colorado & Seattle, it will be nice to have El Gato back in goal
On Villar He also had an MRI and Schellas says we will know more when the results of that comes back. What a disappointing injury derailing a nice season...
Schellas on the difference with Colorado under Oscar after the jump
I don’t know if it’s so much different, every team plays a new season with different players. This is one of those teams that played a new season with a new coach. I think he is very passionate about the game and that passion carries over to his players.
He has his own philosophy on how the game should be played, I think he wants to have a possession oriented style keeping the ball. He keeps saying the ball is the most important thing and it is. I think they’re also fluctuating between what he wanted to play which is a 4-3-3 but he might not have had the players to have success there so they moved to a 4-4-2 diamond shape but htye’re capable of doing both. I think the players are now starting to understand him better.