Friday was the last day of preseason training for the Revolution – not only in North Carolina, but overall. When the club gets back to Foxborough, everyone will be in regular-season mode. But before we get into that, the team enjoyed hands down the nicest weather of the trip so far today. There was not a cloud in the sky and temps climbed as the morning went on, seemingly rising at the same rate as the sun.
Training was very light today, lasting only about 75 minutes. The drills were basic and there was no scrimmage in today’s session. Dribbling and passing drills were followed by some strategy passing and before we knew it, coach Steve Nicol had blown the whistle and the team was gathering for a cool down stretch.
The team seems comfortable down here in North Carolina and we are being very well taken care of. However, Day 10 of the trip has come and I think everyone will be ready to be back in their beds by Sunday night.
Tomorrow night’s game should be a fun one. The weather is supposed to be spectacular tomorrow – forecast calls for sunny skies with highs in the mid-70s. An expected perfect day will make way for a pleasant evening on the pitch and RailHawks have been marketing this game heavily, so a solid crowd is expected.
It remains to be seen what kind of playing time the players will see in the game tomorrow night, but keep in mind that no starting lineup or depth chart has been posted. Fringe guys will no doubt be looking to make an impact, especially against a USSF Div. 2 team of the RailHawks’ caliber.
Sunday’s return trip is not until late in the day, so the team will have the chance to sleep in and enjoy their last day in the area and decompress a little. Because once the landing gear touches down at Logan on Sunday night, focus will shift to the regular season as the starting gun launches the 2010 MLS season.