My little digital camera’s battery died halfway through practice, so I was only able to get a couple semi-usable shots.
The team did an unconventional scrimmage to start training with some make-shift goals in the middle of the field. There was a fifth goalkeeper in camp but I completely forgot his name — I heard he trained with the club a little last season, but I wouldn’t expect him to contend for a roster spot.
Next up the team practiced finishing and defending corner-kicks from Freddie Ljungberg (above), who whipped in crosses from both sides of the field.
Training wrapped up with some finishing work as the players took shots around the top of the penalty box. I have to say, one guy stole the show: Osvaldo Alonso. He had some of the prettiest, nastiest shots from the distance in to the upper corners of the net for some absolute golazos (a Spanish term for super-incredible goals, in case you didn’t know). A couple drew huge cheers from the team. Fredy Montero also looked very, very sharp in finishing his chances.