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January 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Rose, Caskey, Estrada top three in ‘beep test’


I’ll have more updates from today’s beep test — an annual fitness test in Sounders FC’s preseason — but the winners of the three heats were midfielder Andy Rose, rookie Dylan Remick and Costa Rican trialist Marvin Angulo.

As a reminder, the beep test involves running back and forth 20 meters at a time for as long as possible. The runner must reach an endpoint by the sound of a beep that plays on an audiotape and gradually increases in frequency.

UPDATE 12:50 p.m. — Here’s your top five. All of them went over 10 minutes.

1. Andy Rose

2. Alex Caskey

3. David Estrada

4. Marvin Angulo

5. Dylan Remick

Rose lasted 11 minutes and 2 seconds, meaning David Estrada still holds the team record at 11:46 set last year.

Other guys that stood out were Steve Zakuani (who coach Sigi Schmid said had a personal best time) and sporting director Chris Henderson (who ran all three heats).

Schmid joked afterward that Henderson was born with three lungs.

Also, fitness coach Dave Tenney noted that Estrada has been dealing with a big toe issue, which affected his time. Estrada had been winning pretty much all the fitness tests throughout the offseason.

After the jump are some quotes from Schmid, Tenney and Rose…

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(What’d you learn today?) “Some guys can run back and forth, listen to a beep. That the volume goes off when the machine goes to sleep, which causes a problem. We have to get on Dave Tenney’s case about that. Some of it is what you expect to see. Somebody always sort of surprises you and shows something different that you didn’t expect. A little bit of it is a character test. Afterwards we played some soccer, so we were able to see a little bit of that, because when you’re now tired and you’re playing now, guys have to rely on their decision making, because they can’t rely on their legs. Sometimes people don’t view it that way — that the beep test is the only thing we’re looking at. We’re looking at what the soccer is like after the beep test because it gives us a good indication of who can make good decisions.”

(Who surprised you?) “Obviously Remick did well, first-year player, but that was my expectation based upon his history and his track background. He did very well. Rose and Caskey certainly stepped up, as well, and did well. Steve Zakuani’s time was I think the best time that he’s ever achieved at it. It shows that he’s come in fitter than ever before, so I’m encouraged by that. There were some good positives signs.”

(How will you use what you learned this week?) “What this is helpful for is it allows us when we want to break guys into groups for fitness training and so forth, we know which groups we’ve got to break guys into. The hard work of fitness is going to take place in Casa Grande. That’s when we’re going to do double days. Then, guys who are a little bit behind, we’ve got to supplement some of their training so they can catch up. If everybody is doing the same thing, then those guys at the bottom aren’t going to catch up.”

(We heard the guys on the bottom fitness-wise are still in better shape then guys at the bottom in past years. Is that encouraging at least?) “That’s good. That’s a good sign for us, because it means obviously they have to do less work. Overall, our team fitness is a little bit better. It means we’re closer from a physical standpoint of being ready and being able to push the guys more minutes in games earlier; that’s what we have to do because we’ve got some important games early in the year. So from that standpoint, it’s important.”

(Any indication how the guys with the national teams are doing?) “Mario Martinez plays on TV again tonight. They’re playing against Belize, so we’ll be watching some of those games. I spoke to Brad Evans; he said things are going well. I guess they’re intersquad scrimmaging today and then off to Houston. Eddie seems to be doing well down there, as well. I know there were three guys who they held out who were a little bit behind fitness-wise, but he made that up easily enough, so that’s good. So we’ll just have to see, but it seems like they’re doing well. We’ve had less contact with Adam Johansson, but he’s on the other side of the world there in Thailand.”

(Are you concerned your sporting director ran three heats of the beep test?) “No, because he’s a fitness machine. Somewhere when God created him I think he threw in a third lung. We’re not sure here it’s hidden. We’re going to try and take an MRI tomorrow and try to find that thing.”

(When was the last time you ran the beep test?) “That was a long time ago. I’m trying to think. I don’t think they had the beep test the last time I ran something like that. It was still called the Polish speed drill or something.”

(And they weren’t using iPods, right?) “(laughs) No, they definitely weren’t using an iPod. That’s for sure.”

(Lebogang Moloto still en route?) “He comes in today, so he’ll be with us tomorrow.”


(What happened when it stopped beeping?) “You’ll have to ask the equipment staff what happened there. It was in sleep mode for a few seconds.”

(But it didn’t affect the results?) “No, no. I think you want to see how high the highs are, how low the lows are, it’s really to see once we go into Arizona what the next step is. Who needs more work? Who has to have a little bit extra aerobic-type work in conjunction with all the soccer work we’ll be doing.”

(If a player had asked to run all three heats like Chris Henderson did, what would you say?) “I’d have been very impressed, and then told them they’re going to do one.”

(When you’re evaluating so many guys, it’s probably hard to evaluate overall fitness, but how would you gauge the group?) “I think the lows are not as low, which is always a positive thing. You’d like to have a group that is relatively even from top to bottom in terms of where their fitness is at. It’s sometimes more difficult planning-wise if you have a huge disparity. I think we have the most even group of fitness that we’ve had to this point, which I think is good. I think our bottom scores were 90 second to two minutes higher than previous bottom scores. I think the positive is the starting point is better, even if there are individuals that still have a little bit of work to do.”

(And you can break up the group in Arizona?) “Yeah, because there’s only one game. It’s really a fitness-type week with only one game at the very end, so it gives us seven days or so to address some of the specific stuff we need. You can say, for instance, last year Steve Zakuani was coming back from his injury, and he was still trying to come along. Now he’s made a big jump in fitness since then. You see Babayele this year, who’s now almost a year out from his injury — and Duran. They’re still on their way back and have made good progress. It lets us know where they were relative to pre-injury.”

(How do you use the heart-rate monitors and such?) “The test today, no matter what, we want it to be maximum aerobic effort, because what we need really is the maximum heart rate from the tests, so that down the road we know the relative intensity of everything they do for the rest of the year.”

(Do you think the guys get that?) “I’ve said that to them before. Some of them get it. Some of them don’t get it. Some of them want to know. Some of them don’t want to know. Ultimately, as long as we push them and they push themselves as hard as they can, they get that data and it helps us be more accurate down the road.”

(Anyone surprise you?) “Yeah, I mean Rose winning. We had done of the past couple weeks some practice beep-test work, and Estrada had won almost all of those things. He’s had a little bit of a big toe issue, so he had a run in running shoes, which I think affected his score. Rose did very well. Caskey did very well. And the good things, you look at our top-three returners — Rose, Caskey, Carrasco — those three all did pretty than they did in previous years, which is always a big positive, as well. We did an Omegawave test on Remick and you can see how he’s got a really good base athletically, really strong aerobic power capabilities. Then you could see that in the beep test, as well.”


(How’d you feel about your performance?) “It felt good. Really. We got a few solid weeks in with Dave. There were about seven or eight of us back working out for three weeks or so, so it’s nice to sort of see that hard work pay off, the culmination of all that. Obviously it’s not that big a deal. It’s just good to show that you’re fit and that you’re sort of ready for the season, you put your hard work in. Obviously it’s nice to be a winner.”

(How hard is it?) “It gets tough toward the end. For my position, it’s very important to be able to have strong endurance. For some of the other guys it’s not quite as important. For me, I take a lot of pride in that. It gets tough toward the end and then it turns more mental than anything. It’s nice to be finished with it.”

(Caskey was giving up a bit of a run at the end?) “Yeah, we’re pretty competitive between us, play a lot of board games and things like that. In our apartment together it’s always trying to one-up each other. It’s fun. We knew it would probably come up to that. I just really wanted to beat him.”

(How much will you be bragging?) “No, I’ll keep quiet. He’ll probably take me pretty easily in the 40-yard dash tomorrow. I’ll enjoy it tonight.”

(How does the beep test compare to playing?) “Again, as a box-to-box midfielder, it’s certainly important, but certainly the only way you get match fit is by playing games. You’re stopping and starting so much, little sprints, longer sprints, tracking back, and things like that. It’s different for center forwards or center backs, but it’s a good indicator for at this point in preseason. It’s sort of a feel-good sort of thing. I know I’ll be fit for the next few weeks, grind out all the fitness and get ready for the season.”


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