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The Seattle Sounders FC traveled across the country on Friday to Bradenton, Florida, for the next phase of preseason training. The team will train in Bradenton through Sunday and then travel to Orlando for training games on Monday and Tuesday before returning to Bradenton for the final five days.
The team was greeted with 70-degree weather as they took the training field for the first time on Saturday morning at IMG Soccer Academy. Forward Nate Jaqua, who stayed in Seattle for the Arizona training camp, participated in warm-ups and did fitness work with fitness coach Dave Tenney for the remainder of the session. Trialist Richard Martinez joined the team in Florida. Martinez, a defender out of Hofstra University, played last season with the Puerto Rico Islanders.
The team began the morning training session with extended warm-ups and fitness work followed by several 6v4 keep away games. The group then split into four teams of seven players for more passing drills and games of keep away with a one-touch restriction. Training concluded with a crossing and finishing drill where players had to make overlapping runs before serving the ball into the box. All four goalkeepers alternated in net as the attacking players kept track of goals scored. After lunch, the team split into three groups for weights training at a nearby gym.
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Up NextSounders FC will train at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday at IMG Soccer Academy. Injury UpdateForward Nate Jaqua participated in warm-ups and did fitness work for the remainder of the morning session. All other players participated in full training.Quotes from Head Coach Sigi Schmid(On first day of training in Florida…) “It’s good. Obviously yesterday was a long travel day. When you have to connect on a flight and you have a long layover, by the time we got to the apartments it was 11 o’clock at night. You know they are going to be a little bit rusty but today was just a shake off the cobwebs and get a good warm-up in, run a little bit. I was happy with the effort, which was the main thing today.”
(On IMG Soccer Academy…) “It’s nice. I’ve been here before with teams and we trained here as well with the youth national team when I was coaching them. This area that we are in right now are all new fields that they have added over the past two, three years. It’s definitely a good facility. It’s a little bit different. You’re not staying at a hotel but it’s also a comfortable situation for the team. The weather is good. The fields are good as well.”
(On upcoming training games…) “This next week or two we want to push guys to 60-70 minutes now in the games instead of holding guys to 40 [minutes]. There’s been select guys that we have pushed to 60 minutes but we’ve held most guys to 45 [minutes]. Now we want to push them a little bit beyond that. Also want to start getting certain groups of players, certain teams start playing a little bit together, see what our first team will look like, see what combinations look best.”
(On trialist Richard Martinez…) “Richard is somebody we had last year in our combine and we didn’t hold onto him at that point. He had a good year last year [with the Puerto Rico Islanders] and we wanted to take another look at him. He’s somebody that can play outside back, mainly on the right side but he can also play on the left side. So we wanted to get a good look.”
Throw-insDefender Tyson Wahl played at IMG Soccer Academy during his junior year in high school…The New York Red Bulls U16 and U18 academy teams are currently training at IMG Soccer Academy along with other local academy teams…Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles are all training in the area. Several other MLB teams are currently in Florida.