More Day 1 Training Camp Notes

SUNRISE, Fla. ‘ Real Salt Lake spent the majority of its second training session of the day working on possession, which ended with small-sided, 5v5 scrimmages. Here are some additional notes from the late afternoon session:

‘ RSL rookie Brennan Tenelle sprained his ankle on a harmless challenge by Tony Beltran early in the practice. Tenelle had to be helped off the field an spent the rest of the practice watching from the sideline.

‘ Fatigue and a knock or two got the better of RSL’s jetsetters. Singapore trialist Indra Sahdran appeared to tweak a calf muscle about 20 minutes into practice. He tried to gut it out for about five minutes but eventually came off the field. The same goes for Argentine midfielder Matias Cordoba. He was noticeably laboring throughout practice, and eventually called it a day when fellow countryman Matias Mantilla clipped him on the shin.

‘ RSL is scheduled to play two 50- to 60-minute scrimmages today. The first is against Florida International, but the second one against Municipal (Guatemala) could very well be canceled. As of Friday night at 8:30 (EDT) it hadn’t been finalized.

‘ I’m hoping to ask all six of Real Salt Lake’s rookies over the next several days what they think of their first month of MLS training camp. The first installment is 17-year-old midfielder Alex Nimo, “The speed of play is very fast. Jason (Kreis) is a very strict guy. He’s intense, every practice, twice a day! It’s good. I’ve never been in an environment like this, the intensity is high, everyone’s working hard. I thought it was going to be less fitness and more ball movement, but it’s a lot of fitness. A lot. You’ve got to be fit.”

‘ It’s too bad Ian Joy didn’t save the goal he scored in Friday’s practice for the regular season. It was goal of the year material for sure.

‘ As I was leaving the team’s hotel, which conveniently has two high-quality soccer fields right across the street, I asked GM Garth Lagerwey if he had any more big signings up his sleeve like the Nat Borchers. He said no, but admitted several things are in the works.

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