Today’s practice was HOT with temperatures on the field reaching above 95 degrees. Players were allowed to get a late start today after the friendly against Reading United yesterday, stating practice at 11 as opposed to 10.
Because it was so hot out, players were allowed to take it easy, especially in the early stages of practice when they do their strength and conditioning drills. Water breaks were frequent but not so frequent that they disrupted the flow of practice.
Michael Lahoud was back in practice today, fully participating for the first time since his injury against Toronto FC in early May. He looked very good for someone who hasn’t practiced in a month, and even stayed late to work on his passing and cutting.
The players did a lot of one touch possession passing, playing a 9-on-2 game where the nine outside players one touched passes to each other while trying to avoid the two who were running around in the middle trying to intercept the ball.
While they did that, the goalkeepers (all three of them) worked on their reflexes and their positioning on reflex saves. Andre Blake looked better today than he did all last week now that he has had a full week of practice under his belt.
Another familiar face was back in practice today as well, if only for a week. Danny Cruz was with the team today in practice, working to stay fit while his current team, FK Bodo/Glimt of Tippeligaen, is on international break. He is in town to visit his fiancé.
Practice ended with the team doing three separate line drills that had them work on their footwork, passing, and their first touch on the ball. All three lines were then directed towards goal where the three Union keepers tried to stop their shots.