Good morning folks. I wasn’t planning on doing a running commentary from Red Bulls practice today but I can drop a few tidbits for you while I am here.
Dane Richards is continuing running drills and looks to be moving at a good speed. Straight-ahead running isn’t the issue at this point. It’s the cutting that he is still trying to incorporate.
Juan Pablo Angel is not taking part in full training, perhaps just taking a day off. He is here, doing some light work on the side, but after Saturday’ match and his recent recovery from a viral infection, Angel probably just needs a rest.
Chris Innes is a beast in the air, and probably already has a better vertical than any of the other Red Bulls central defenders. It’s only his first day of real training but I think it’s a good bet that he is signed, or at least made an offer.
Here is some more action from training:
Who looked good today? Van Den Bergh, Stammler, Lider Marmol and Innes played well.
The game action is over for the day so the team is breaking up for some shooting and free kick drills.
I’m done here and heading back up. If anything comes up after training I will post it later.
Carlos Mendes is playing at right back today for those of you wondering.
You can’t really get a sense of who Osorio is considering for Jeff Parke’s starting central defense role on Saturday. Parke and Innes are playing centerback on the two teams. I think Kevin Goldthwaite will wind up getting a look there.
Innes definitely communicates well from the center back position and holds the line well, which you would expect from a veteran with his background.
Hunter Freeman is at training and he isn’t wearing a walking boot for the first time that I can remember since his ankle injury. I don’t think he’s taking part in any sort of drills but he is making progress in his comeback.