Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lineup changes?

As KC Futbol noted in his practice observations post, there are lineup changes probable for this week. Obviosly Roger Espinoza has to come out of the lineup for his second straight red card but there may be more than just inserting a midfielder in his place.

Claudio Lopez played much of the scrimmage in the wide left spot. In the second half Sealy and Trujilio played up top while Arnaud, Victorine and Morsink rounded out the midfield. The defense will probably be the same as last week. Zavagnin looks to be out with a nagging injury as he watched practice and did not participate.


Even with Kerry out and Espinoza suspended, Marinelli can no longer crack the starting lineup. Has he fallen out of favor as well?


These changes may be just practicing for different game situations but I think it more likely evidence of a continuing evolution of the team formation. I will check out practice tomorrow and see if these changes stay in place.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Kansas City Wizards Baseball?

One of the things I love about going to practice is watching the after practice activities. These guys are competitive in any sport or activity they touch. They have there own golf tour of courses around Kansas City. I have heard they are trying to organize one around MLS. Today after practice, I look up and I see some players carrying a bat they found and an old ball. The games, the challenges, the trash talking began....

Jack starts the fun...


Ryan pitches...


He took some mighty swings as well...

Lance drove one off the wall...


Davy took took a few swings...




Equipment Manager Alex Paepke was a pretty good outfielder...


One of Jack's mighty swings...


Fun to watch and gave me some practice with baseball shots. Obviously these guys are good athletes and can do most sports well. Overall I think Jack was the better player because he hit and pitched well. Lance probably had the most really good hits. When I left they were still playing...