With their 11-day preseason trip to Orlando winding down, the Revs conducted their final training session on the campus of the University of Central Florida this morning amidst the hottest temperatures we’ve experienced since arriving last week. I understand we’ll get no sympathy from those of you reading this back in the wintry Northeast, but the phrase, “Wow, it’s really hot,” was uttered on more than one occasion this morning. We’re truly suffering, I know.
As we cool off back at the hotel, here are some notes from today’s session …
- With the Revs simultaneously recovering from yesterday’s game against the U.S. Under-17 National Team and preparing for tomorrow’s meeting with FC Dallas, today’s session was lighter and lasted approximately one hour and 15 minutes.
- Instead of the typical jog and stretch to warm up, today the Revs loosened their joints by breaking up into four groups and having a series of soccer-related (and team-building) races. As is always the case with professional athletes, the races got pretty competitive – so competitive, in fact, that those of us on the sidelines witnessed numerous attempts at cheating. I won’t go so far as to use names.
- Following the warm-up, today’s session included passing, possession and crossing and finishing.
- Marko Perovic sat out today’s training session after leaving yesterday’s 2-0 win over the U.S. U17s in the 63rd minute with tightness in his right adductor. Perovic is not expected to play in tomorrow’s game against FC Dallas.
- Perovic was joined on the sidelines by Didier Domi, who rested a tight left hamstring. Domi will be a game-time decision for tomorrow’s meeting with FC Dallas.
- Kenny Mansally continued his recovery from a strained quad with another full session today, including crossing and finishing drills. Despite his progress, Mansally will not participate in tomorrow’s game against FC Dallas as he works his way back to full fitness.
- The right-sided trio of Zak Boggs, Ryan Kinne and Sainey Nyassi proved victorious in today’s crossing and finishing drills, claiming a decisive 3-0 win in the race to three goals. The final goal was converted by Kheli Dube, who buried a diving header from close range.
- We’ll be back on Wednesday with coverage of the Revolution’s match against FC Dallas, which is set to kick off from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 11 a.m. For live updates via “Cover it Live,” make sure to be right back here on the blog tomorrow at 11 a.m.