MNT Oct 5, 2009
The U.S. team hit the training field this morning for its first practice of the final 11 days of a marathon journey also known as the path to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. With just 13 players in camp, most of whom played a club match over the weekend (several of them thousands of miles away), U.S. head coach Bob Bradley ran the team through a fairly light session. It probably didn't take too long for the players to warm-up as the temperatures soared into the high 80s -low 90s despite the morning start time. The guys were quickly drenched, which made the post-practice ice bath taken by a few of players seem like a very, very good idea. This typical Miami climate is actually perfect for the U.S. team's preparation as the forecast calls for almost identical conditions in San Pedra Sula, Honduras on Saturday, except for the possibility of some showers. As both of the USA's two 'keepers have yet to arrive (Tim Howard will be in today, followed by Brad Guzan tomorrow), a few former Barry University goalkeepers were drafted for the training. Chris Rich and Devala Gorrick definitely got a workout, although most of the players weren't bringing out the big artillery in the early going as they eased into the training. That changed later and the two former Buccaneers looked as if they'd just jumped into the swimming pool with full gear on. Anyway, thanks much for helping out boys, Mr. Howard will return tomorrow.
Landon laces'em up, and later lets one fly....
Charlie Davies' jersey shows you how hot it is in Miami