Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On the Road to Recovery

On a glorious SoCal Wednesday, the team was back in training this morning, with nearly the entire squad heading out onto the field. Edson Buddle continued to workout with Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Yauss on the side, while Donovan Ricketts jogged around the training field and did some light goalkeeping drills with Ian Feuer.

While those two worked out on their own, Todd Dunivant, Eddie Lewis and Stefani Miglioranzi all trained in full. We caught up with all three of the guys to talk about their recoveries and how they feel after getting back on the field.




However, not all news on the injury front was positive, as Leonard Griffin has flown to Germany to undergo a hernia operation. Famed German surgeon Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck will perform the operation in Munich on Thursday and Griffin will return to Los Angeles on Friday before starting his rehab on Monday.

Sean Franklin was the last Galaxy player to be operated on by Dr. Muschaweck, undergoing a bi-lateral hernia operation in mid-January before returning to the field less than a month later.

In non-injury news, be sure to read two pieces at by Larry Morgan, one about the impact of Bruce Arena's three substitutions against D.C., and the other is a look at the friendly sibling rivalry between LA President of Business Operations Tom Payne and D.C. President Kevin Payne.

Lastly, take a look at the MLS produced series Rookie Life, which features A.J., Omar and a host of MLS rookies as they navigate the first year of their professional careers.

Click here to watch the debut episode and here for the second.


charlesj27 said...

Once again, the injury/back-to-training updates are great. Keep 'em coming. The extra days to spend on defense, tactics, shooting, crossing, finishing are all much needed for this team. Hope the players are making the most of the time they're given on improving and making themselves stronger and better. Wish Leonard much luck and fast recovery after surgery.

Anonymous said...

It would be GREAT if Tom Payne learned from his brother Kevin how to treat fans, DC treats their fans the best in the whole league (but may Seattle will take over now).

charlesj27 said...

Forgive me for re-harping on the obvious... The LA Galaxy have three good, important, tough games to start their season off convincingly. In two weeks time, LA Galaxy will face Colorado Rapids twice (2X) and then, Chivas USA. Both of these teams have players that make dangerous/fast/deceiving offensive runs & attacks. The LA Galaxy team needs to be ready - they need to be fully alert & aware through all of these games. They have to manage the threat and the pressure very well; try to get the full fitness and practice in - especially tactics, finishing, passing, and crossing. Be ready, LA Galaxy... these are games that this team have to take very assuredly and seriously. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Great news if we can get some of the guys back we should smash colorado with no problem

amy said...

I'm so proud of our rookies!! Ives Galarcep who runs the blog Soccer By Ives posted his best XI of the MLS rookies for week one ( and 3 of our guys made the list! Keep it up guys!!