With Sunday night’s SuperLiga Group B opener against Santos Laguna looming on the horizon, the Revolution’s full squad was back on the training field this morning to continue preparations for the club’s title defense. Although rain appeared imminent throughout today’s session, the water didn’t begin to fall until the players started walking off the field as the session ended, so at least for today Mother Nature cooperated.
The big news from today’s session was the participation of Gabriel Badilla, who joined in the team activities for virtually the first time since injuring his back during preseason training. The Costa Rican defender had been limited to running in recent weeks and had recently increased his activity to include some sprinting, but today he joined the team for his first real “soccer” drills in months. After participating in passing drills to open the session, Badilla served as one of the neutral players in possession games. Although it will understandably take a bit of time for Badilla to regain full fitness, having him on the field kicking a ball around is obviously a gigantic step in that process.
As for the structure of today’s session, it once again involved the group being broken up into three teams. Two played a possession game (with three players always playing as neutrals), while the third worked on finishing. All three teams made the rotation to work on finishing and play two possession games.
The session finished with a bit of full field work, which is normal procedure in the days leading up to a match.
For those interested, Edgaras Jankauskas continued his trial with the club by joining training once again today, while U.S. Under-20 players Tony Taylor and Gale Agbossoumonde also trained with the Revs again to get some experience and provide some extra bodies. Also joining the team yet again was Revolution Under-18 captain Scott Caldwell.
After today’s session, the players, coaches and staff were treated to a bit of a surprise when former Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst stopped by the locker room to say hello. With the Danish SAS Ligaen season finished and his club, FC Nordsjælland, currently off, Parkhurst is back in the U.S. and took some time out today to visit the old stomping grounds. Needless to say, it was good to see “Parky” back in the Revs’ locker room.