Pre All Star game session w/Tottenham and MLS All Stars

Had a chance to go up and watch a couple of practice sessions from Tottenham Hot Spurs and also the MLS All Star team at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver Colorado. Both teams had a game the next day so clearly it wasn’t a typical practice session but was still fun to watch.

First up was Tottenham.

  • Started off with a simple dynamic warm-up.
  • Tottenham split up into 3 different groups.
    • The keepers went with the keeper coach.
    • Strikers went to goal with a finishing progression.
    • Defenders and Midfielders worked on pattern play.

Finishing Session Progression shown in Video.

Midfielders and Defenders worked on pattern play with Head Coach.

Sidenote: After the season the Tottenham players stayed after and signed autographs and looked happy to be there. I think Harry Kane stayed longer then almost everyone so props to them.

Second up were the MLS All Stars.

  • Started off with simple dynamic warmup.
  • Went to a equal game of possession. Only limitations I saw were that they were on 2 touch.
  • Afterwards Game was 6v6 to goal on a smaller field and went on a time limit and the three teams rotated through vs each other.

Sidenote: After the session ended the MLS players just left. Leaving many fans who waited in the super hot sun quite unimpressed.

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Champions League Quickie Update

So it’s been a while since any updates or shows around here, I guess between work and having our favorite teams getting beat down this season, it’s been a little tough staying motivated, but here’s a quickie update just to let everyone know we’re still watching…
Man, what can I say, Real Madrid look like amateurs in the big matches, and I hear Man.U isn’t doing much better. Although I can’t speak for Manchester’s woes, Madrid’s problems come from poor decision making at the top. (Oh, and Raul is still the best in those situations.. always a threat.)
ok, enough crying.. what’s going on NOW with the CL.. well, as one aficionado boldly stated today.. “Bayern Munich are going to win the Champions League.” I was able to catch the second half of the match against Lyon, and sure enough it was all Bayern. Robben looked as sharp as ever and they looked ready for the final. This should have been the Madrid / Man.U matchup, but as the next best thing, it only shows that Man.U is better than R.Madrid in the CL. (damnit I was rooting for Lyon).
So right now I’m watching a replay of first Inter / Barca match, and even with the opening gol from Barca and some attacking opportunities, Inter have a huge home crowd advantage and growing confidence by the minute. It’s no wonder the final score, but I would have expected better from Barca. Of course, the big story is Ibra vs Eto’o, and so far the Eto’o Milan has been the better show, and this run in the CL has kind of restored some of the Italian image. Oh and I’ve got to mention Sneijder rocking it as well… another player to escape Madrid’s downward spiral.
MIerda. Well, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game, Barca is still a champion team and will be expected to come out strong at home.. and even though they’re not welcome in the Bernabeau, I’ll be secretly rooting for them to win it again.
Last note.. Liverpool vs Atletico Madrid Thursday should be hot hot hot… there’s a chance for both of these teams to be the first champion of the new Europa League. We’ll be watching.. Ciao