Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Halfway There

For the second straight day the entire squad was out on the field today as the preparations continued ahead of this weekend's game against San Jose. LA is 4-5-4 all-time in their first road game of the season, including a forgettable 4-0 loss at Colorado to open their road schedule last year.
The only player not to participate in the full session both today and on Tuesday was Leonard Griffin who continues to rehab from his recent sports hernia operation and is not eligible to return to game action until May 10 against Seattle. Even Gregg Berhalter and Alan Gordon, who are not available this weekend through suspension, have been going all out to help get the team ready to earn their first win of the season on Saturday.

Both sessions have featured mostly tactical work combined with the standard fitness and finishing that we see at the end of every practice, with Mike Magee coming out on top in a series of shooting drills from all across the 18. On Thursday the prep work for San Jose, who are led by former Galaxy head coach Frank Yallop and have four former LA players on their books, will step up even further as the match draws closer.
Larry Morgan from was out to speak with Donovan Ricketts and Gregg Berhalter to talk with each, and those around them, about their debuts against Chivas USA. Ricketts (and his goalkeeper coach Ian Feuer) remained busy in media world on Wednesday as well, speaking with FS West for a future episode of Galaxy Live.The club will hold two more training sessions at home before heading north to San Jose on Friday ahead of Saturday's game. If you want to make the trip to San Jose (make that Oakland, with the game being played at Oakland Alameda Coliseum), you can purchase tickets here and be sure to join the Angel City Brigade and all the other Galaxy fans who will be in attendance.


charlesj27 said...

Thanks for teh training updates + pics of the team. Glad to hear that practically the entire team was involved with practice, drills, and tactical scrimmaging with the exception of Leonard. Hopefully, Leonard's recovery after surgery is still on target - but, what about his match fitness? Is he still working on gettin back up to endurance & fitness? Hopefully, the LA Galaxy team is starting to understand their timing & coordination better... such that the practices on field are becoming more connective and fluid. The LA Galaxy supporters showing up at Oakland Coliseum will be a good boost and re-assurance for our players. I hope that the team is really focusing on finishing and scoring.

Anonymous said...

Cool pictures of training sessions.

Where can these pictures be found in order to save them as wallpaper?

Anonymous said...

is edson going to be starting ?? we need him

Anonymous said...

Happy to see the team is practicing finishing. But one of the major problems we have had this year is players taking on shots.

Far too many times there is an opportunity to shoot from 20, 24. 28 yards out and instead the player passes the ball. We need to develop a killer instinct where every player on the field believes he can score if he has a window to the goal.

Anonymous said...

hope buddle plays this week he owns san jose