MNT Sep 4, 2012
The U.S. MNT is back in Miami, which is traditionally been the staging point for training camps prior to games in Central America and the Caribbean. The warm temperatures and proximity for travel make South Florida an ideal location to get prepped for the World Cup qualifiers.
And so it was that 15 players took the field for training this afternoon. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann put them through the paces for about 75 minutes with goal of getting the travel out of their systems and starting the process of sharpening up the soccer for Friday. At the end of the session, five players were called on for finishing work, which included a 90-second rotation of receiving passes at the top of the area from different spots on the field and getting either one or two touches to have a go at goal. It's high-paced and intense, to say the least. Tonight's marksmen were an eclectic group: Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Herculez Gomez, Michael Orozco Fiscal and Jose Torres. Our video crew is reviewing it for a potential Inside the Lines, presented by Kwik Goal.
Meantime, the rest of the players who had matches Sunday arrived into camp, and by dinner time the entire cast and crew was present and accounted for. Fitness session continue Tuesday morning, and then the full group will be on the field Tuesday afternoon.