Mexico Day 5: Back to the Pitch

03 February 6:41 pm

Mexico Day 5: Back to the Pitch

By Frank Della Femina

Riviera Maya - The squad trained for close to two hours Friday morning on the pitch in Mexico, the longest session to date since the club arrived late Monday evening. The day kicked off with the usual passing, dribbling and warm-up drills, but later included a series of 4v4 defensive drills and, by day's end, a full 11v11.

Rafa Marquez posted a strong session with a number of on-the-mark passes, while Victor Palsson registered a few gasps with a tremendous strike from outside the box.

The intensity level has certainly been raised with each passing day in an effort to better prepare the players for next week's scheduled friendlies. Coach Hans Backe has already mentioned that players likely won't go over 45 minutes each in those matches, but the emphasis on those games remains centered on tactics and team play.

The first match of the preseason is against FC Dallas Monday afternoon, followed by a second friendly Friday against Atlante. We'll provide updates on Twitter and Facebook throughout both matches.

Players were given the rest of the day off following Friday's session but will return to the pitch first thing Saturday morning.

Here are a few photos from Friday's training session: