Mexico Day 3: Upping the Intensity

01 February 3:06 pm

Mexico Day 3: Upping the Intensity

By Frank Della Femina

Riviera Maya - Grey clouds led to a light rain storm during the second day of training Wednesday afternoon in Mexico. The guys got their workouts in with a bit of a natural cool down during the early part of the day but eventually saw the sun poke through during the latter stages of the session.

If one thing separates the second day of training from the first, it's the pace. From the very start it was more than obvious that the intensity meter was cranked up another notch during dribbling drills, stretching routines and shooting sessions. There was also an 8v8 match between three teams wearing yellow, blue or orange.

"Rain was good. It cooled things off, made the field a little slick, which is nice, and the ball always plays better there," said coach Mike Petke. "Especially today with a fitness session for most of the time. It's always good to have clouds and rain during that."

Dax McCarty sported a yellow bib during the 8v8 and was thoroughly impressed with the outcome of Wednesday's session.

"It was another good day. We're moving along. We're getting our touches back and I think everyone's started to get back a little bit of their rhythm."

Keeping with the two-a-day theme for this training stint in Mexico, the team rounded out a full day's worth of fitness with a late-afternoon routine in the gym.

The team will look to regenerate and recoup tomorrow before returning to the two-a-day routine on Friday. Photo galleries and more to come soon.