Fridays usually consist of light training sessions. Since all of the heavy lifting is done earlier in the week, training the day before the game usually consists of going over some on-the-field tactics, dead ball situations and fitness. Today, the guys did all of that and something else. Bruce and the coaching staff decided to mix things up a little by having the guys play a game of soccer handball.
Let the games begin.
While soccer handball does help build up communication and hand-eye coordination, the main things was having fun out on the field. Bruce told the media afterward, "I saw no reason for to go out there and kick each other. It was good. It breaks up the monotony of things." It sure did.
One team was an experience-filled squad (although we are not sure if soccer experience automatically translates into soccer handball success) comprised of guys like Landon, Eddie, Klein, Alan and Gregg. The other was led by Dema, Tony and Cobi, but also included Edson, Omar and Leo.
The game started out even and both teams were defending well. But as the game approached its midway point without either team having score, referee Dave Sarachan implemented a rule change in hopes of creating more scoring opportunities-- good call or conspiracy theory? You decide.
Dema and his team were first to take advantage of the rule change and went up 1-0. The goal was disputed by Alan and the others, but to no avail. Moments later, Dema struck again and his side was now up 2-0.
Chris Klein and his team answered quickly with a goal of their own to cut the deficit in half (see video below). But in the final minute of the match, young Tristan Bowen put things away with his only goal of the match.
As a result of their victory, the winners were first in line to receive water from the trainers.
Be sure to check back later today as we'll catch up with some of the guys before they depart to Oakland. We'll get you ready for Saturday game against San Jose with pics, audio and video.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Posted by LA Galaxy at 1:26 PM