Some notes from Friday’s practice.
Standard day before a game practice, for the most part:
Everybody was in training today that is not on international duty except Bakary Soumare which is expected with him just being traded to Dallas two days ago. He was likely not going to play this week so they likely gave him time to rest and he will likely train Monday. The team is working on speed, speed, and more speed. Lots of passing drills with the focus on pushing the ball forward fast and one time finishing.
Set piece drills:
Nothing out of the ordinary. Mauro Diaz took the corner kicks just like he has whenever he is in the game as the team is working hard on defending them and maybe trying to get a few set piece goals.
Now for the interesting part:
This is where the fun begins. The team put two goals about 10 yards apart and ran a 6 on 6 drill that included everybody and the teams were all split so some first team guys went against other first team guys. To say it was intense was an understatement. It is something that has not been seen all season the day before a game. It might be because D.C. United is known for grinding games and they want to keep focused or it might become a usual theme for Oscar Pareja in his microcycle moving forward. It was a lot of fun to watch.