Monday Practice Report (Updated)

  • After warming up with 5v5 with two small-sided goals on each end, the team broke into an intra-squad scrimmage for the remainder of the training session, starters versus reserves. The starters’ lineup, playing in a 3-5-2 formation:  Victorine and Pore up top, Marinelli at attacking mid, Harrington at left mid, Myers at right mid, Morsink and Zavagnin in the holding mid positions, Wahl at left back, Conrad in central defense, Jewsbury at right back, and Hartman in goal.  At halftime, Watson took Myers’ spot at right wing; Myers then played left wing for the reserves who were playing in a traditional 4-4-2.  The scrimmage ended scoreless, with Victorine hitting the post on a one-timer and Pore missing wide on a breakaway.  Scott Sealy and Davy Arnaud did not practice.  Myers, Leathers, Jeff Miles (practice player), Watson, and Victorine stuck around afterwards to practice finishing on the three keepers (Pardo, Kronberg, and Hartman).  
  • Afterwards I talked with Chance about the imminent release of the US U-23 Olympic qualifying roster.  He said he expected to hear last night about whether or not he made it, and that he was both excited and anxious about the prospect.

“When I made the first camp, I knew I had an opportunity to take the next step at a higher level…I thought I had a good camp.  I was very satisfied with my performance there.  All of the guys are incredibly good, so there’s a lot of depth all the way around.  The competition for spots is what you would expect for a team of that caliber.”

The U.S. plays their first game March 11th against Cuba in Tampa, Florida.  Chance will miss the Wizards’ trip to Argentina should he be selected for the squad.
UPDATEChance was not chosen to the 24-player roster for the U-23 camp.  Coach Peter Nowak has until 48 hours prior to the first game to declare his 20-player roster for the competition and is not limited to those players he has had in camp. 

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7 Responses

  1. Victorine up top? Interesting.

    Thanks for the report!

  2. How many games might Chance miss if he is selected for the U-23 team if they make the Olympics? Hopefully Davy will be back sooner than later so there is not a hole on the right side.

  3. Great report.

    Victorine up top? E-gats.

  4. Victorine up top is interesting, but when Sealy, Arnaud, and trailist DiCicco are out injured, Colombano is in Argentina, and Trujillo hasn’t joined the team yet, things are pretty thin up top for the Wizards.

  5. cg, the final and 3rd place games for U-23 qualifying are March 23rd. So should he be selected and the US advance that far, he would miss the team’s final preseason game in Oklahoma, but would be available for the season opener the following weekend.

  6. Another great practice report – thanks! You should add the Kansas City Soccer review and Brad Porter’s blog to your blogroll on the left.

  7. Looks like we don’t need to worry about the Olympic qualifying

    http://blog.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2008/02/olympic_outlook.html

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