Friday, February 20, 2009

Today's View From the Sidelines

The Rapids got back to work today at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the first time since Feb. 10 after spending the last week plus in Ft. Lauderdale.

The conditions were much different than their recent Florida experience, with high winds playing havoc throughout both sessions.

In the morning the team was split into two groups, later rotating, as one worked in a drill with Gary Smith on maintaining possession while the other worked with Steve Guppy on attacking the defense.

Today also marked the first appearance at the complex this season for both Rapids players Nico Colaluca and Ivan Guerrero.

Each of the Rapids' remaining SuperDraft picks are still looking impressive in camp and are pushing to secure their place on the final 24-man roster. The only trialist currently still with the club is Serge Pascal Wawa.

With the league’s March 2nd date for teams to become roster compliant looming, each day and each individual practice becomes more and more important for these players.

Mother Nature dictated how today’s second session was run, with no let-up in the high winds. The soccer balls never even left their bags in the afternoon as the team was put through a condensed training focused on fitness due to the weather conditions.

The players will have two practices again tomorrow before taking Sunday off then right back at it for four straight two-a-day sessions ahead of leaving for San Jose for their fourth preseason match--- this one against the Earthquakes a week from today.

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