Notes From RFK
UPDATED at 2:45 pm -- see BELOW
Beautiful sunny day here at the RFK training grounds. A few early items to pass along:
-- Brazilian forward Welton Silva was not offered a contract and has departed. No new trialists in attendance.
-- Rod Dyachenko, who has a slight knee knock, is jogging on the side while the rest of the field players compete in a half-field scrimmage of sorts.
-- Troy Perkins, strained quad, is participating in regular goalkeeping drills. Still too early to say whether he'll be available for Thursday's Chivas match, but this is certainly a positive sign.
-- A Harrisburg, Pa., TV station is here for a feature on Ben Olsen.
-- Just before workouts began, three trucks from WWE pro wrestling passed by on Oklahhoma Avenue for tonight's "show" at Verizon Center. Why is this important? Because Bobby Boswell received tickets as a birthday present and will be in attendance. Apparently he's got REALLY good seats. (His 24th birthday is Thursday). He promises to chronicle his experience at his new Web site, www.bobbyboswell.com, starting next week. Christian Gomez is also taking in the rasslin' with his kids. (Poor kids).
More updates later...
*Troy Perkins participated in a competitive situation for the first time since getting injured and looked sharp. From all indications, he will play Thursday.
Said trainer Brian Goodstein: "He's progressed every day. Physcially, he should be ready."
Coach Tom Soehn: "We want him to ease into it. When you play in a competitive environment, your intensity picks up, so he made it through it today, which is important. Obviously he's going to be a key factor."
Everyone agrees that the biggest issue at this point is Perkins's ability -- or inability -- to kick the ball.
Perkins: "Kicking the ball is still up in the air right now, but everything else is fine -- sprinting and moving -- it's just the motion of hitting the ball that is what we're still waiting on. We've still got three days to let it fully mend and hopefully we'll get there."
Perkins might have to call on defenders to take goal kicks and he said he's been working on distribution with his hands. He's also been working on using his left foot. "If I have time to set the ball down, I can hit it with my left. I've been working on it all week. Worse comes to worse, sometimes that is what you've got to do. I've hit some balls with my left the last week or two. It was a little awkward, but I've worked on it the last couple years, so it's getting better."
*Boswell's assertiveness, intensity, vocal leadership and mean streak -- yes, mean streak -- stood out today. Reminded me a bit of Ryan Nelsen.
*I had a nice chat with Kasali Yinka Casal and am planning to write a feature on him in the next couple weeks. He's got a fascinating background.
*No Fred sightings yet, but I am hearing that the visa process has progressed nicely and, once he visits a consulate in Brazil or elsewhere, he should be set to join United. Maybe another week or so. We'll see.
*Soehn on Welton Silva: "I really liked the person. I thought he came and fit in. Unfortunately, the type of player we're looking for as a complement, he just didn't have what we needed. We wish him well. He's a good guy."
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