Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Readying for the Red Bulls

The full team was back on the field this afternoon for a fast-paced session under the watchful eyes of the coaching staff and much of the front office, who popped out to the field to catch a glimpse of the team in action.

Tristan Bowen worked out on his own on the side of the field while Yohance Marshall remained inside to rehab his right knee, but the rest of the squad was on the field, giving Bruce 22 first team players to choose from.
A number of tactical and positioning drills were followed by an 11v11 game with the coaches electing to step in and stop the action at times to emphasize many of the points that they had been working on earlier, with players often switching from one position to another or even from one team to the other, giving the coaching staff a number of different options to look at going into the weekend.
Following the game, the team split into two groups with many of the attacking players at one end of the pitch, working on their attacking movements and finishing, with Cobi and the more-defensive players heading to the other end of the field with Dave and Trevor to work on their shape and positioning, with Bruce jumping back and forth between the two groups.
The Red Bulls are in action tonight in San Jose for an Open Cup Play-In Game against the Earthquakes. Following the game they'll make their way South to Los Angeles for a few days of training ahead of Saturday's game.


Trivia Time - The Galaxy have four players on their roster who used to play for the Red Bulls and all of them were there during the 2006 and '07 seasons and played under Bruce Arena when he was the Red Bulls head coach. Can you name those four players and which of them ranks as the sixth leading scorer in the club's history?

(Congrats to everybody for guessing the correct answers.)

3 comments:

charlesj27 said...

Answer to trivia question:
A) Edson Buddle, Todd Dunnivant, Dema Kovalenko, and Mike Magee are the four players that have played for the Red Bulls under Bruce Arena.
B) Mike Magee has accumulated the sixth all-time # of goals for the MetroStars/Red Bulls during the club's history.

Training Update:
Guys - thanks! Appreciate it! You know how much of a nut I am for the training updates... Please, give us the gift of training video also - come on!
I was very glad to read this from the blog regarding the training session: "A number of tactical and positioning drills were followed by an 11v11 game with the coaches electing to step in and stop the action at times to emphasize many of the points that they had been working on earlier, with players often switching from one position to another or even from one team to the other, giving the coaching staff a number of different options to look at going into the weekend." Awesome - YES - that's definitely a must & very good of Bruce, Dave, Cobi, and Trevor to do! I implore the coaches to not just do it for one day... but, to continue to do that throughout many of their sessions. It will really benefit their quickness, agility, adaptibility, and decision-making. Also, once the coaches continue to press on our players the tactics, the corrections, the switching of positions, and sides... everyone will start to notice how much the crispness of the passing and timing is going to be.
Again - only two more full days of training left 'til this Saturday... and, after that - two other challenging, physical, AWAY matches! The players have to get it together and focus during these games! The training sessions have to include communication and positioning!

OleOleLA said...

1.Buddle
2.Magee
3.Duni
4.Dema

He was a little bit of a choke artist during the pan pacific but i think we need the buddle/donovon combo back up top.

Just shut up service to angel and we got our first win baby!

Syed "Zack" said...

Magee, Dunnivant, Kovalenko, Buddle. Magee the six leading scorer in club history