RSL Training Camp Update - Day 9

Squad looks sharp in final practice before Tuesday's scrimmage

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Real Salt Lake is done with the hard part of its opening training
camp of 2011 after knocking out a crisp 90-minute training session on Monday
morning. After warming up with the usual “2 in the middle” keep-away games, Head
Coach Jason Kreis put his charges through some passing exercises and 5-v-4
possession drills before splitting up into three groups of eight, with two
sides squaring off in larger possession-oriented games while the other worked
on finishing drills from distance with assistant Jeff Cassar.

GALLERY: Real Salt Lake's final training session at Grande Sports World

The teams then entered the “caged rectangle” for some 8-v-8
games towards full goals with ‘keepers, with the third team ringing the field
as neutrals. In the “winner stays” format, it was the Yellow squad – consisting
of Arturo Alvarez, Luis Gil, Will Johnson, Rauwshan McKenzie, Javier Morales,
Robbie Russell, Chris Wingert, and RSL-AZ product Ricardo Velasco – dominating
the proceedings, as they had to be forced from the field by Kreis so that the
Blue and Red sides could play for second place in the final game of the
20-minute session. After going through some set piece defending drills, the
Claret-and-Cobalt would call it a day – and a wrap for the practice portion of
the Grande Sports World training stint.

RSL Preseason Camp News & Notes – Day 9

  • Real Salt Lake will
    close out its 10-day stay in the desert on Tuesday with its first look at
    one of MLS’ pair of new teams for 2011, Vancouver Whitecaps FC.  In order to get a lengthier look at
    their squads, RSL and Vancouver have agreed to play three 45-minute
    periods during the scrimmage, which will kick off at 11:00 a.m. MT and can
    be followed on RSL’s Official Twitter Feed, located at www.Twitter.com/RealSaltLake
    (@RealSaltLake).
  • Monday’s session
    featured some encouraging news on the injury front, as both FW Alvaro
    Saborio and DF Chris Schuler returned to the field alongside their
    teammates as “neutral” participants for the first time since the beginning
    of camp. While those two will likely not play on Tuesday, DF Rauwshan
    McKenzie looked sharp and fully recovered from an ankle sprain suffered
    early last week, putting him in contention for some minutes versus
    Whitecaps FC.
  • GK Kyle Reynish was the
    only player to suffer a knock in recent days, as the #2 ‘keeper suffered a minor shoulder injury on Saturday, which kept him on the sidelines Monday and makes him unlikely
    for participation in Tuesday’s scrimmage. Also out for the exhibition will
    be rookie DF Jarad vanSchaik, whose rehab from a sprained MCL progressed
    to running on a treadmill the last two days.
  • Real Salt Lake finally
    got some company at the Grande Sports World complex over the weekend, as
    Vancouver hit the fields for the first time on Saturday, while their
    Cascadia Cup rival Seattle Sounders FC arrived here in the desert on
    Sunday. RSL will face off against SSFC in a scrimmage during its second
    Arizona stay between Feb. 7-15, which will be based at the Reach 11 Soccer
    Complex in Phoenix.