On Thursday afternoon, the Galaxy hosted an exclusive open training for VIPs and the media on the outside training field at Seoul World Cup stadium. After a light morning workout in the pool of the team hotel, the Galaxy returned to the field and went through their paces in front of more than 900 fans and 150 media members. Beginning with a series of shuttle runs that were broken up with two small sided 5v2 evasion games, the players then went on to a crossing and finishing drill to the delight of both the fans and media.The session concluded with a drill that Ruud introduced in Australia as the players had 15 shots and the goalkeepers would call out have many saves they could make with the loser(s) having to do pushups. Let’s just say that Cronin and Wicks do not have any sore arms today.
Meanwhile, the defenders worked with Chris Neville on an accuracy drill with eight balls in a line nine yards out from the goal. The player would run from a designated point and then shoot, returning to the point before shooting the next ball.
Here is how the scoring worked:
Goal = 2pts
Goal off ground = 5pts
Goal in side netting – 10pts
Goal off bar or post and in = 15pts
Goal into upper 90 = 25pts
Failure to score = -25pts
In a dominating performance, Abel Xavier won all three games and even took the final single shot championship, nailing his shot off the post and in for 15 points.