Train @ Home Fall - Weeks 7-10

 Week 7
 
 
 Technical

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Intermediate

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 Physical – presented by 

Physical

15-Day Exercise Program

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 Game Understanding

Game Understanding

On Sunday, October 18th the Red Bulls delivered another dramatic performance to salvage a point against Orlando City SC in a 1-1 tie. The game-tying goal came at the foot of Brian White from a skillful spin and pinpoint volley to the bottom corner in the 95th-minute. Many would say that this was the most important part of the game but it’s important to understand that White wouldn’t have had the chance to tie the game if his teammates hadn’t managed to keep the game at 1-0. So today we’ll break down an important defensive moment that kept the game at 1-0.

Pause the clip at 4:43 and find Jason Pendant and Jared Stroud. Pendant is just outside the “the D” while Stroud is making a recovery run behind the player on the ball.

  • Draw a line across the field (East to West) from where the ball is, what is the situation from the Red Bulls' view? 1v1, 1v2, 2v1 or 2v2?
  • Which team has the advantage?
    • Pause again at 4:44.
  • Why does Jason Pendant have to go to (Pressure) the player on the ball?
  • What is the situation now if you draw a line from the ball going North to South?
    • Pause again at 4:45.
  • Where is Jared Stroud running?
  • What happens to Pendant?
    • Pause again at 4:46.
  • What is the situation now if you draw a line from the ball going North to South?
  • What is Stroud ultimately able to do?

Your answers should show how Pendant’s decision-making and Stroud’s hard recovery run were able to turn a 1v2 with Pendant into a 1v1 with Pendant and finally into a 1v1 with Stroud, ultimately allowing him to make a potentially goal-denying block.

 Week 8
 
 
 Technical

Beginner

Intermediate

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 Physical – presented by 

Physical

15-Day Exercise Program

30-Day Motion Health Challenge

 

 Game Understanding

Game Understanding

On Wednesday October 28th, the Red Bulls punched their ticket to the MLS playoffs. RBNY edged out the New England Revolution in typical nail-biting fashion from an atypical source with the game’s lone goal coming from Aaron Long in the 89th minute. In a game that looked destined to end in a tie, the Red Bulls were able to break the 0-0 stalemate by earning a corner kick and running what would turn out to be a game-winning set piece play.

This week we’ll break down the details of this set piece by analyzing the service, space, separation and shot. Describe each part with 1-2 details that you notice and see how your answers match up to the answer key below.

In addition to the highlights, use this pitch-side shot of the buildup to the goal to help your analysis: Click Here

  • Service – what do you notice about the direction and pace of Kaku’s service?
  • Space – how does Tim Parker create the space where Aaron Long eventually scores the goal?
  • Separation – how and when does Aaron Long separate himself from his defender?
  • Shot -  what technique does Long use to score?

 

ANSWER KEY BELOW

  • Service – Kaku plays a driven out-swinging ball from the corner to make sure it’s out of reach of the goalkeeper. The ball is played with enough pace for Tim Parker to only need to redirect it toward goal.
  • Space – Tim Parker drags his defender out with a run toward the corner of the six-yard box. This creates the space in front of goal that he eventually heads the ball into for Aaron Long.
  • Separation – Long uses his physicality to hold off his defender just until Tim Parker makes contact with the ball. As soon as this happens, Long breaks free from his defender and gets into the space where he anticipates that Parker will redirect the ball.
  • Shot – Long’s lunging volley allows him to reach the ball with the inside of his right foot, guiding it away from the keeper and into the far post.
 Week 9
 
 
 Technical

Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

 Physical – presented by 

Physical

15-Day Exercise Program

30-Day Motion Health Challenge

 

 Game Understanding

Game Understanding

On Sunday November 1st, the Red Bulls suffered a tough defeat to Hudson River rivals New York City FC. Despite an impressive 2-goal response to an early 0-1 deficit, RBNY didn’t have any more answers for the 4 goals NYCFC scored from that point on. With a 5-2 defeat, it’s easy to point fingers at the defense and say that they’re the reason that RBNY lost the game. But in order to understand the game, we need to look beyond the score-line to determine not just WHAT happened but WHY it happened. Let’s take a look at three of NYCFC’s goals to see if we can figure this out.

05:25-05:35

  • Find the NYCFC player who scores the goal.
  • When RBNY gives the ball away, where is this NYCFC player located?
  • At this moment, which RBNY player is closest to the NYCFC goal-scorer?
  • What does the RBNY player do when the ball is given away?
  • What could the RBNY player have done to help prevent the goal?

06:36-06:41

  •  Find the NYCFC player who scores the goal... During the throw-in, where is this NYCFC player located?
  • At this moment, which RBNY player is closest to the NYCFC goal-scorer?
  • What does this RBNY player do when the ball is thrown in?
  • What could the RBNY player have done to help prevent the goal?

09:41-09:45

  • Find the NYCFC player who plays the cross that leads to the goal.
  • At 09:41, where is this NYCFC player located?
  • Which RBNY player is closest to this NYCFC player?
  • When the NYCFC player makes a run forward, what does the RBNY player do?
  • What could the RBNY player have done to help prevent the cross?
  • Based on your answers, what do you think went wrong for the Red Bulls defensively and why did it happen?

 

ANSWER KEY

Players may come up with different answers to each question, but the common theme is that all three of these goals were scored or influenced by NYCFC players making runs from the midfield. These players were not being picked up by RBNY’s midfield or defense. RBNY needed to react to these runs either by having their midfielders track the runs or by passing them on to the defenders.
 Week 10
 
 
 Technical

Beginner

Intermediate

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Physical

15-Day Exercise Program

30-Day Motion Health Challenge

 

 Game Understanding

Game Understanding

On Sunday November 8th the Red Bulls finished the regular season with a 2-1 win over our noisy northern neighbors, Toronto FC.

Behind goal-scorers Tom Barlow and Brian White, the name you probably heard more than any other was likely Kyle Duncan. Throughout this game, Duncan was a consistent offensive presence and was often seen pushing forward to support the attack. However as a fullback, Duncan has to be smart about when he decides to push forward into the attack and when he decides to stay back and play more defensive. In today’s game understanding, we’ll analyze the following moments to figure out how Duncan decides to go or stay.

Watch the following moments and answer the four questions below for each.

00:20-00:32
04:37-04:45
07:10-07:20
07:24-07:28

  1. Does Duncan stay or go?
  2. Where do the Red Bulls have the ball (Defending third, midfield third or attacking third)?
  3. Before Duncan gets involved in the play, what direction is the ball traveling (Backwards, forwards, sideways/diagonal)?
  4. Is there a Toronto player that Duncan needs to worry about in case the Red Bulls lose the ball?

Based on your answers above, what do you think is the best situation for Kyle Duncan to push forward into the attack?

Answer Key

2. Attacking or midfield third (Further away from RBNY goal/closer to Toronto’s goal).
3. A backwards or sideways pass (This signals comfortable possession and gives Duncan time to push forward to support the attack).
4. Duncan has to consider the possibility of RBNY losing the ball and make sure he doesn't leave a Toronto player in a dangerous position if that happens.