RSL Camp Insider, presented by AT&T - Day #4

Squad firing on all cylinders, working towards Friday's intra-squad scrimmage

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With CONCACAF Champions League play accelerating Real Salt Lake’s
preseason to the confines of four weeks, the team is putting the pedal to the
metal during the opening training camp in Casa Grande, with Wednesday’s
two-a-day set on Day Four already marking the fifth and sixth sessions in just
72 hours since arriving Sunday evening. While that pace might seem daunting, it
has been smooth sailing thus far for RSL, as the squad appears to be seamlessly
carrying over the on-field chemistry and camaraderie it maintained during a
record-setting 2010 campaign … although that’s probably not all that surprising
for a team returning players that accounted for 95% of its minutes played last

After focusing on possession and individual/small group defending during
the first two days, Tuesday’s lone practice started with various small-sided
games that progressed toward on-goal situations by the end of the 90-minute
session. Wednesday’s run-throughs would see the squad divvied up into even
larger groups, as one group split into full teams for the end of the morning
session, while the finish of the afternoon stint  saw 8-man teams plus ‘keepers dueling on a
3/4 field.

Wednesday’s big news in camp was the
official RSL introduction of FW Arturo Alvarez, who arrived in Casa Grande on
Tuesday evening after wrapping up duty for the El Salvadoran National Team over
the weekend. Despite featuring five times for La Selecta in Panama City in less than two weeks and mixing in
plenty of travel time in previous days, fitness proved to be no issue for the
team’s main offseason acquisition, who was described by another recent camp
arrival – RSL GM Garth Lagerwey – as “outstanding” during the morning session.

RSL Preseason Practice Notes: Day #4

  • RSL’s 29-man preseason roster is now fully
    accounted for after the arrival of GK Nick Rimando on Wednesday evening.
    Rimando is coming off national team duty of his own, having played a spotless first
    half for the USA in its 1-1 draw with Chile at The Home Depot on Saturday.
  • Things have been relatively quiet on the injury
    front, as the only additions to the infirmary report over the last two days
    have been DF Rauwshan McKenzie, who re-tweaked an offseason ankle sprain, and
    rookie DF Jarad vanSchaik, who suffered a minor MCL sprain. McKenzie participated
    in drills on the side with the RSL training staff alongside DF Chris Schuler
    and FW Alvaro Saborio on Wednesday morning, while vanSchaik reacted well to
    rehab in the training room.
  • The schedule forges ahead on Thursday, with the
    squad partaking in its usual 10:00 a.m. morning session at Grande Sports World
    before breaking for “Media Day” activities during the afternoon.
  • Friday will see the team split down the middle
    for what is becoming a traditional mid-opening-camp intra-squad scrimmage. Kickoff
    is set for 10:00 a.m. MT, and fans will be able to track the highlights as they
    happen via RSL’s Official Twitter
    Feed (@RealSaltLake)
  • Casa Grande forecast for Thursday:  Not a cloud in the sky, high of 72 degrees …
    Sandy forecast for Thursday: Plenty of clouds in the sky, high of 39 degrees