February 12, 2007
I've been trying to get Scott Palguta on Kick This! for weeks. Unfortunately, his Saturday mornings have been busy lately. But, Scott took a few minutes to write this blog on how his first week with Real Salt Lake went:
I’d take a few minutes and fill you in on what I’ve been doing
out here in Salt Lake City, Utah. Let me start by telling you what a
beautiful place Salt Lake is. To say it’s aesthetically pleasing
would be an understatement. The downtown area, where I’ve been
staying, is quaint and clean with plenty to do. The city is
surrounded on all sides by stunning, snowcapped mountains. The
capital building is located on a hill to the north, the Great Salt
Lake is to the west, and The University of Utah is situated on a hill
just east of the city. Rice Eccles Stadium, where Real Salt Lake
plays their home games, is visible from downtown. Salt Lake is
definitely a place, like Rochester, that you shouldn’t judge until
you’ve experienced it.
been a very hectic yet exciting week with the start of preseason
camp, the arrival of Freddy Adu, and of course the ongoing stadium
saga. Needless to say the team is getting a lot of media exposure
for this time of year.
gathered last Monday for our first training session of the
preseason……and we didn’t get to touch a soccer ball. It was
strictly a testing day, where players went through a series of drills
to see where they stood physically, including a vertical leap test, a
40 yard dash, a shuttle/agility test, and of course, the dreaded beep
test (an endurance test).
was delighted to get Monday out of the way so we could get down to
business and start playing soccer. The rest of the weeks training
sessions usually consisted of a lengthy warm-up (because a lot of
guys were pretty sore), some possession games in tight spaces, and
playing 9 v 9 on a 70 yard field. The staff also placed a huge
emphasis on fitness throughout the week, so most sessions were
concluded with some sort of interval running, with the intensity
being increased and rest shortened each day. We also went to a local
gym on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon for some pretty
intense strength sessions.
afternoon we traveled down to Provo to train at BYU’s indoor
facility. We went through a proper warm-up, did some finishing
drills to get the goalkeepers some work, and finished with a
full-sided 11 v 11 game. It was a great feeling to just be playing
again. It’s been a long time since the USL final.
That session at BYU concluded the first week of camp. The next leg of preseason will take place in Orlando, FL, where we’ll be joined by all the Supplemental draft picks and a couple late arriving roster players, which will round out the preseason roster at about 35. We’ll be training and playing a handful of game at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex over the next twelve days, so I’ll send another update in another week or so. Until then, stay warm (I know I will), and just be thankful you don’t live in Oswego!