Friday, September 21, 2012
If there's one thing I love about being a fan of RSL (and there are a great many things), it's the open trainings. Of course, I love more things than just this, but there's nothing quite like being right up there, seeing young players who don't get minutes on the pitch, getting a glance at new players, and all that.
- Alvaro Saborio was involved in training, though not entirely heavily. The strong striker is apparently hoping to make an appearance tomorrow, telling Jason Kreis he wants to play through the pain in his shoulder. The concern? If he falls in the wrong way, the shoulder becomes more heavily injured. (Source: James Edwards, Deseret News)
- Sebastian Velasquez — everyone's favorite young Colombian midfielder at the club — looked pretty good in training, showing his excellent ball-retention ability. The little trickster will be hoping for more action shortly, though it may come late on from the bench. There are too many factors to easily count, of course, so who knows what happens, really.
- Enzo Martinez is working hard in training and showing some really, really good stuff — at least from a Friday-easy-training-day perspective. (If I watched more, I might have more perspective. Alas, day job.) But to see him out there getting his head down and going to work and still not getting minutes? It's fantastic. I hope we see him before the end of the season. He deserves it, I suspect.
- David Viana (because apparently I just only really want to talk about midfielders or… something) looks an interesting proposition. We saw him in a small-sided game hanging out very much on the left side of midfield, always looking to attack. He had a few good moments and good touches, but I don't know how he's looked in the heavier training sessions. It all makes me wonder if we may be looking at a formational change next season — one, perhaps, with a single central striker and two wide attacking midfielders or forwards (or one of each, preferably.) It's not a system that supports Javier Morales particularly, but it is what it is. We'll see where things go.
- Spirits were high (but not jokey), with most of Tuesday's starters taking it relatively easy on the day. This was, of course, by design — they weren't simply being lazy — and it bodes well for tomorrow's match. I do suspect we'll see our key players in there — and, if Saborio starts, maybe we'll see our "preferred XI" (I've opted to not use "best" because it might make people feel bad. [I kid, I kid. I actually am not sure if it's entirely accurate. It's undoubtedly our group of eleven players preferred for each position, though.])
Right, that's all I have for you. Let's talk tomorrow.
Pictured: David Viana, training, Sept. 21