SUNRISE, Fla. ‘ In the first of two training sessions here on Friday, Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis and his coaching staff worked the players for two hours and 45 minutes, including a 20-minute intense run afterward. Here are some notes from Day 1 of RSL’s Floriday training camp.
‘ Defender Chris Lancos no longer factors into Real Salt Lake’s plans for the upcoming season, and he’s been excused to explore other options according to RSL general manager Garth Lagerwey.
‘ Despite arriving from Argentina only yesterday, new midfielder Matias Cordoba seemed to be in great shape in his first training session with his new team. He even showed off some of his creativity in the various 2v2 and 3v2 attacking and defending drills.
‘ Goalkeeper Nick Rimando’s wife had a baby earlier this week (Jett Nicholas) and he won’t be joining RSL in Florida until Sunday. Defender Ritchie Kotchau is excused for personal reasons.
‘ In the past two seasons, the Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry between RSL and the Rapids has escalated to one of the best in MLS. Ironically enough, the teams are staying in the same hotel in Sunrise, Fla. this week for their respective training camps. Despite the lobby camaraderie, it’s sure to take a back seat when they play an exhibition game next Friday.
‘ Singapore trialist Indra Sahdran had a so-so debut with RSL. A dominant goal scorer in his homeland, he wasn’t nearly as impressive against MLS defenders. In fairness, he arrived from Singapore only the day before and was no doubt still suffering from the jet lag associated with playing across the Pacific Ocean and the United States. Midway through practice Lagerwey could be seen encouraging Sahdran reminding him that the coaching staff knew he was tired.
‘ Midfielder Kyle Beckerman did not train with the team at all as he continues to nurse his sore foot. Ian Joy, who was listed as day-to-day with a hamstring strain, practice 100 percent the entire time. Nikolas Besagno was limited in his activities, primarily focusing on strengthening his knee.
‘ Recently signed defender Nat Borchers is expected to arrive in Florida this evening.