As it was announced in several locations yesterday evening, including fan site rslfm.com and the team’s official blog rsltothecore, Scottish striker Kenny Deuchar officially received his U.S. work visa and will soon be heading to the United States. I found out from RSL GM Garth Lagerwey late Tuesday night that Deuchar is scheduled to arrive in Utah Thursday afternoon, which gives him one opportunity to train with the team before Saturday’s season opener. Practices the day before a game are usually much less intensive, so it’s looking more and more like the most fans will see of Deuchar is either in street clothes or as an available sub on the bench.
While a lot of guys only did light jogging during Tuesday’s training session because of Monday’s reserve game, the other half of the team worked quite intensively. In addition to some tight possession drills that were immediately followed by sprinting, the RSL coaching staff had the team work on defending set pieces for at least 15 minutes toward the end of practice. Whether it was corner kicks or free kicks from varying areas of the field, the coaching staff was clearly trying to prevent against the team allowing a set piece goal like it did against Kansas City in the Saturn Cup last Saturday.
Considering that Chicago has a pretty good free kick taker in Blanco, just important for RSL this Saturday is not committing stupid fouls within 30 yards of the goal.
It’s worth noting as well that defender Chris Wingert didn’t seem to be limited one bit during training on Tuesday, so his inclusion in the starting 11 on Saturday is still a distinct possibility. If he doesn’t go, rookie Tony Beltran would likely get the nod.