News out of New England and Los Angeles today just goes to show you can never have enough depth in Major League Soccer. Los Angeles will be without Carlos Ruiz for four to six weeks after he suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee. The unfortunate part for the Galaxy, the injury came on a reckless challenge from Colorado’s Ciaran O’Brien with the Galaxy already trailing 4-0 in the 89th minute.
New England will be without Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston for an extended period of time as well. Twellman didn’t play in Saturday’s season opener, and further tests this week revealed he’ll need arthroscopic surgery to repair the medial meniscus. He’ll be out at least six weeks. Midfielder Ralston separated his shoulder in the second half of New England’s 3-0 win over Houston after tumbling over Stuart Holden on what seemed like a harmless challenge.
RSL had a short, crisp practice at Xango Field today. After about a 30-minute warm-up period, the team split up into three teams of 10 and rotated playing against each other for 10 minutes. The odd team out during each particular scrimmage did fitness drills on the sideline. Afterward, defender Ian Joy said it was a really good training session, on what turned out to be a cold and windy day in Lehi.
RSL’s scheduled early evening practice at Xango Field today was in fact an April Fool’s Day prank by the coaching staff. The players, however, can expect future two-a-day practices.
‘I think we’ve taken the stance that we can do a little bit more. So typically once a week we’re going to try and do a second session. Sometimes it will be optional. Sometimes mandatory. Sometimes it will be the younger players who need a little extra work. Sometimes just positional,’ said coach Jason Kreis.
The following Champions League quarterfinals just went final
Man U. 2, Roma 0
Barcelona 1, Schalke 0
Also, don’t forget to tune into Fox Soccer Channel tonight at 8 p.m. as D.C. United travels to Pachuca (Mexico) for the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinal. Elevation at Pachuca’s home grounds his 2,500 feet higher than Denver.
Houston faces Deportiva Saprissa (Costa Rica) on Wednesday in the other semifinal, slated for 8 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel as well.