What They're Saying: Omar Gonzalez

"Well, [MLS teams] are still in preseason, it's not like their games have started yet, so that's where the difficulty lies. We're seven games into the season and we're pretty much hitting full stride, so it's going to be very difficult for the MLS teams to be match fit."

-- Omar Gonzalez, who moved from MLS's LA Galaxy to Mexican club Pachuca, on the challenges his former club and MLS's other three teams face in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League against four Liga MX rivals. (ESPN FC)
2 comments about "What They're Saying: Omar Gonzalez".
  1. Ric Fonseca, February 22, 2016 at 3:26 p.m.

    OK, so let's leave it to a former MLS veteran to call like he sees it on the ability of MLS teams to be able to be actually match-fit. True they may have had some intensive daily-two-a-day training sessions and some pre-season games, and what not, but I believe I confide more and trust Omar's assessment.

  2. Raymond Weigand, February 24, 2016 at 12:16 p.m.

    Match fit is the base of the pyramid - still more to go from there. I find it interesting the amount of fitness (1/2 the practice) that youth coaches spend without the ball to get their kids dynamically ready to play. And then spend the second half of the practice on one dribbling / shooting / or passing technique and then turn them loose for offense/defense or inter squad scrimmage. These teams win, of course, full match fitness will get you many positives, however, when playing a similarly fit team ... these games tend to regress into kick ball with fouls a plenty on both sides of the ball. And then ... the team that spent more time on set plays (corner kicks) scores and - as improbable as it seems - wins.

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