Public Training Day at Crew Stadium Draws Thousands

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If the U.S. team needed any kind of lift following the defeat in Jamaica, they certainly found it from the fans in Columbus during Sunday's public training session at Crew Stadium.
More than 3,000 supporters turned up to watch the 75-minute session, cheering loudly as the team entered the field and keeping the energy level as the team went through a series of passing exercises and small-sided games before concluding with a finishing exercise.

Fitness Evaluations First

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The first component of any extended camp with the National Team is a fitness evaluation. Typically they consist of two elements: a medical (or physical, as we commonly call it), and testing.
The testing portion is broken up into three areas, and is designed to measure speed, strength and flexibility, and aerobic capacity.

Ron Smith training App just $1.99 - great ideas to get your players playing.

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Training started, already devoid of ideas - then check out Ron Smith's great training app. The App is only available for your iphone.

Great for players to visualise the exercise, great for you to prepare the exercises as you walk from the car park or need inspiration when your latest plan isn't working - or a few players don't turn up - then what happens to the plan?

It’s Unbelievably Difficult to Capture What We Do! A Testimonial.

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Coaching is an art!

How do you capture this art?

People have been asking me for 'curriculum' and things detailing what it is we do. How do we produce our end product they say. Here's a quickie from our State Cup final:

If you can't see the video, click here.

They seem to think there's a cookbook to make this happen, a recipe that can be followed.

Inside the Lines: Long Take

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ussoccer.com has put together a number of "Inside the Lines" over the years, giving fans the chance to see what they love the most: the team playing soccer. It's one of our most popular video series.

This time around, "Inside the Lines" worked out as one long take, which makes for a pretty cool look at training.


The 50/50 Rule of Coaching

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First 50

The right drills and the efficiency of your training sessions only get you to 50%.

By the "right drills / exercises" I mean right with respect to your philosophy of course.

For instance, what's the point of doing drills that work possession out of the back, if all you do in games is allow your back line to be playmakers?

U.S. Continue Prep With Scrimmage Against Canada U23s

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This young U.S. team took a break from the daily exercises against each other in January Camp to get a look at a different opponent, playing a closed door scrimmage against the Canada U-23 National Team. Two goals on either side of halftime capped off a solid effort from players getting in their first 11 v.

Coaches Review of Week Two

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Before the January training camp began, ussoccer.com spoke with U.S. head coach Bob Bradley about the philosophy behind the roster selections.

As the second week of training concluded, we sat down with U.S. assistant coach Jesse Marsch to hear the thoughts of the coaching staff on the work done so far, how the players have performed, and what remains before the match against Chile.

Houston Dynamo

Davis continues making progress, hopeful for Saturday

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Three-time Dynamo MVP Brad Davis, who has missed the last two games with a strained left calf muscle, remains optimistic about being available to play Saturday against D.C. United. Davis still hasn't played in small-sided scrimmages, but he tested his calf muscle with several running exercises on the side during Monday's practice session.

Regeneration Session - Sarasota Style

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The day after a match typically means a regeneration session for players that involves some version of hydrotherapy, which usually takes place pool workout. After all, pools are usually the most accessible for a team, especially one on the road. But if there happens to be water nearby ...
And so it was that the U-23 team found themselves on the beach in Sarasota, doing stretching and other exercises in the Gulf of Mexico.


U-23 Camp - Day Two Review

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Three notes from the second day of training in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
  • The workload increased in the morning session, with the team on the field for about 90 minutes.
  • The coaching staff transitioned into exercises involving more players (6 v. 6, 8 v. 8) to build on the concepts they have introduced and give the team a picture of what it will look like in a game.

U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Members Take in Training

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Two generations of U.S. Soccer Supporters watch training Monday

More than 50 members of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Cub accepted the special invitation to come watch the U.S. Men's National Team training session on Memorial Day. The fans were treated to a spirited session with some great exercises and some good goals to boot.

Circle the date

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Kenny Mansally, Shalrie Joseph, and Mike Videira scrimmage during last year's preseason. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Despite the cold, wintry conditions that have recently pummeled the region, the unofficial start of spring is less than two weeks away. For Revolution fans, at least.

English Premier League

Striker: “I hope Drogba stays”

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Chelsea's newest signing, Romelu Lukaku, has revealed his delight at playing alongside hero Didier Drogba, and has told reporters that he hopes the Ivorian stays at the club. Lukaku has been dubbed the "new Drogba" in many circles, and is hoping to learn as much as possible from one of the Premier League's most potent goalscorers.

The new boys talk about Chelsea...

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Today, Oriol Romeu and Romelu Lukaku spoke for the first time in public about their moves to Stamford Bridge and both are keen to point out, they want to work hard to earn the right to take their place among "the great players" we have at our club.

First up on the website is Oriol Romeu who many are touting for a number of games this season in a Chelsea shirt.

Keeping The Faith On Torres

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Despite still yet to find the net since his January move, Chelsea's 50 million pound striker, Fernando Torres, is still having tons of support from the people at his new club especially the Blues' manager, Carlo Ancelotti.

The under thread Italian coach even believes that his Spanish striker eventually will score a goal and the tactician promised to support the former Liverpool player in every way that he could.

Vermaelen Frustated With Injury

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Being absent for a long time because injury has frustrated Arsenal's center back, Thomas Vermaelen, especially since he already had several relapses and until now doesn't have a clue on when would he be able to play again.

The Belgium international admitted that being unable to play this long is not something common for him that's why the current condition it's mentally difficult for the ex-Ajax player, fortunately he still managed to think positively about his current problem.

Footballers Using Cycling Sessions to Boost Fitness

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As the English football season heads towards another exciting and intriguing finale, the top clubs from the Premiership and particularly in the Football League are finding their squads becoming increasingly stretched as key playing staff are lost through injury and suspension as their clubs press for trophies and promotion on a multitude of fronts.

Bosingwa Leaving Chelsea?

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Frank Lampard has been recently stating that Chelsea need more players . Lampard says that it is essential that Chelsea sign new players in order to stop the title challenge from withering. However, Chelsea seem to be doing exactly the opposite after it was rumoured that Jose Bosingwa could leave Chelsea at the end of season.

Predictions…and wishes for United in 2011

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Making football predictions must be one of the most pointless exercises of all. Most of them are only mere wishes or are purely based on gut feelings. But it's the first day of a new year so it's a...

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La Liga

Pictures From Barcelona Training Session Tonight

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I am in Washington D.C. for the Barcelona v Manchester United match on Saturday. Tonight both teams had a practices that were open to the middle and fans.

It was really cool to watch Barcelona practice. Completely different exercises than what Man Utd went through. Carlos Puyol (looking a bit heavy) did not practice, but he did sign autographs for the fans.

Pictures From Barcelona Training Session Tonight

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I am in Washington D.C. for the Barcelona v Manchester United match on Saturday. Tonight both teams had a practices that were open to the middle and fans.

It was really cool to watch Barcelona practice. Completely different exercises than what Man Utd went through. Carlos Puyol (looking a bit heavy) did not practice, but he did sign autographs for the fans.

LA Galaxy

U.S. Soccer Supporters Club Members Visit Training

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More than 50 members of the U.S. Soccer Supporters Club attended training on Saturday after receiving a special invitation to watch the closed session as the U.S. MNT continues preparations for the game against Chile.

Fans started arriving around 9:30 a.m., with some driving up from as far as San Diego!

MLS Cup Tactics And Motivation

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J Hutcherson of US Soccer Players writes about a tactical preview of MLS Cup --

If your coaching style depends on appropriate motivation, you've got some options if you happen to be FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. Though the underdog status is off the table, there's still the option of playing up the 'no one likes us and we don't care" angle.

The Rest

Man on a Mission

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Robben's a Man on a Mission (Simon Kuper, Mio Stadium)
Robben isn't really a "Dutch" footballer. He was born in Bedum in the windswept north of the Netherlands, 60 kilometres from the German border. No great Dutch footballer had come from the north since the Koeman brothers 25 years early, and none has ever come from Bedum.

Got the Itch...

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...but nothing concrete to scratch it with (via dcunited.com)...
He's only been with the team three days, but Brazilian trialist Guilherme continues to impress.

United spent much of Wednesday's session doing 3-v-2 and 2-v-1 attacking exercises. On consecutive turns, the Botafogo player slammed a close-range effort past Andrew Dykstra and then curled a shot from distance around Joe Willis' 6-foot-5 frame.

Breakdown of a Fitness Session

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The first pure fitness session on the field since camp began five days ago was a doozy. Designed by fitness coach Masa Sakihana, the intense 36-minute program was built to increase their maximum fitness capacity and improve the players' ability to change direction at speed.

There were two different stations, each running a duration of one minute.

Meet up with another fellow blogger (Mr Andy Brouwer)

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With Andy Brouwer of "Kingdom of Football" (many thanks to "LigaSingapura" for the shot taken)It's always nice to meet up with regional football bloggers and especially if they are happen to be here in Singapore like Mr Andy Brouwer, the man behind the blog "Kingdom of Football".

I actually have follow Andy's blog on Cambodian football for a while and glad to gather some insights on the Khmer football scene via his blog postings.

So the first game was kind of lame

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In January at the NSCAA convention, I ran a session called "Finishing Exercises for Elite Players." I leave it as an exercise to the reader to determine how a soccer mind as brilliant as my own could have run out a team which produced so many embarrassing moments in front of goal.

I mean, I know the answer.

Verma Talks About His Injury Woes; Martin Makes His Podcast Debut

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Things are pretty quiet today on the Arsenal front. We're still waiting for confirmation of Jens Lehmann's emergency signing. Then again, the official website tends to lag behind the rest of us on these matters so expect confirmation from them sometime in May. In any case, it looks to be set and Keown thinks it could be good for us, so expect the mad German to be on the bench this weekend.