This weather today is just perfect for soccer right now, and the team took advantage of it by playing some 11-on-11 at Starfire today.
Neither team scored over two halves. It was Chris Eylander vs. Terry Boss in goal in the first half, Patrick Lane vs. Kasey Keller in the second.
Play was either physical or a bit careless depending on the perception. Brad Evans and Osvaldo Alonso went down after being kicked in the shins but jogged it off and kept playing in the second half. Funny little exchange between James Riley and Mike Fucito that I have to leave out since this blog is rated PG.
“The first day out was good. A couple of mis-timed tackles,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “A couple of guys had bad first touches so they decided to kick the opponent instead of kicking themselves. But the energy level was good. You’ve got to let them get all that adrenalin out of their system.”
The reports on rookie David Estrada continue to be favorable as Schmid liked what he saw from him today. Estrada won the team’s “beep” test in fitness tests this week and Fucito was the top sprinter.
“Once you get a bowling ball going down hill at his speed it keeps going,” Schmid said, drawing laughs.
Video of 11-on-11 action to come later.
Schmid on the CBA talks being extended: “It’s always nice to know that you’re still working.”
There is some news to report. Coach Sigi Schmid said rookie second-round draft pick Mike Seamon has been allowed to go back to Villanova to finish school, as is forward Tye Perdido, who’ll likely return to Gonzaga after a week-long trial with Sounders FC because he has one more semeser of college to finish.
Seamon also has one more semester. Both are scheduled to graduate in early May. Neither will join the team in Arizona.
My thought: I do think Perdido had some good moments, and so he’s someone to keep an eye on down the road.
Schmid talked about the competition for roster spots and mentioned defender Tyson Wahl’s play.
“Guys who needed to work and improve on things in the offseason definitely worked on that and improved themselves. Tyson Wahl is a good example. I thought he was very good today. So he’s starting to push as an outside back. He’s got that in his mind now that I can play outside back here. There’s a lot of competition. There will be a few other guys that we’ll look at in Phoenix that weren’t here this week.”
The team has been made aware of my impending departure and players, coaches and staff have individually wished me well. Even Coach Schmid joked that I was able to make it to practice after last night.