Friday, April 24, 2009

Packed And Ready To Go

The bags are packed and the guys are ready. The preview is done and Rogo's View From The Booth has been posted. Nothing left to do but travel to Colorado and play the game.

Bruce Arena and Co. trained on last time ahead of this weekend's match here at The Home Depot Center earlier today. The team will meet in a few of hours at the airport and then head out Colorado, where Saturday they will play the Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Before we get to audio and pictures from today's training session, the Galaxy have added Yohance Marshall to the Disabled List. By league rule, once on a player goes on the DL he is required to miss the club's next six games, at minimum. Marshall will be eligible to return for Saturday's May 23 game at FC Dallas.

The session was an effective one. Bruce and Dave went over some strategy, Cobi talked about how to get mentally prepared for playing in Colorado and the rest of the time was spent working on communication, on ball work and packing bags.

Former Galaxy player Marcelo Saragosa, in town with FC Dallas for a game at The Home Depot Center this Saturday, stopped by to say hello. Saragosa didn't have to walk far to get here, FC Dallas was training on the field next to us at the same time we were.

Heading into Saturday, Galaxy is 0-8-3 in their last 11 matches in Colorado. Last year, the Galaxy conceded a goal 10 minutes into the match, Abel Xavier got a red card, Carlos Ruiz got injured and the club lost 4-0.

Not all trips to Colorado have ended that badly. In 1998, we won 6-1-- Cobi had a hat trick, Welton scored twice and Cienfuegos added one. In 2001, we beat the Rapids twice in Colorado and swept the season series 4-0. In 2005, the club arguably had their biggest in Colorado, the Galaxy beat Colorado, 2-0, in Western Conference Finals-- Landon Donovan scored both goals to propel the Galaxy to the MLS Cup.

After training, Cobi and Landon talked to the blog staff about those games. Here's what they had to say:

Cobi on how this year's squad is getting ready and how he would mentally prepare himself to play in Colorado...

Landon on last year's game in Colorado...

Landon on the 2005 Western Conference Finals...

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