FUEL SOCCER TALK: Davidson “trending up;” Own goal breakdown; Commit to be fit

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NWSL first overall draft pick Tierna Davidson is “trending up” with the US WNT

With the first pick…

Chicago selects defender Tierna Davidson – and what a pick the Red Stars made with the first overall pick in this month’s NWSL draft. The intangibles are all there – intelligence, poise, determination – to go along with the incredible skills she possesses on the pitch.
After realizing that her lifetime dream was becoming a reality at a very high rate of speed, Davidson decided the best way to catch up was to jump on board. So the 20-year-old made the decision to pass on her senior year at Stanford and enter the NWSL draft.
“I would say the biggest factor was putting me in the best position to develop as a soccer player in these coming months before the World Cup,” Davidson told ESPN shortly after the draft of her decision to forgo her remaining NCAA eligibility. “And then beyond, looking at the very busy U.S. women’s national team schedule between now and the end of 2020 (and the Olympics).
Davidson started the 2018 WNT opener against Denmark, started against three European powers in the SheBelieves Cup and then started against Brazil and Japan in the Tournament of Nations. But in a game against North Carolina in September, Davidson fractured her left ankle. It was a setback but she’s on the right path with time to make it all the way back in time for the World Cup. Currently in Portugal for the U.S training camp ahead of games against France and Spain, US Coach Jill Ellis says she is dusting of the rust and “trending up.”|
Davidson came in for Emily Fox in the 53rd minute against France, marking her first appearance since her injury.

If you were the coach, who would be your starting 11 for the US WNT today?

Breaking down an “Own Goal” for Crystal Palace

Off a Crystal Palace corner kick, chaos ensues in front of the goal that ends with the ball deflecting off Watford’s Craig Cathcart and into his own goal to make it 1-0. On Twitter, Michael Cox had the perfect breakdown of the goal: “Craig Cathcart’s (non-own) goal is great. An absolute classic ‘run round the back’ at a corner. Starts his run at near post, ends up at the far. Three teammates blocking off the markers and another with a run to create space. Good delivery, looping header. Textbook.”

How should Watford have defended this corner kick?  

Commit to be fit: Using the treadmill to your advantage

Soccer is a very physically intensive sport, so when training you’re going to want to work on both speed and stamina equally. Find out about great aerobic exercises in soccer like running on a treadmill with help from a personal trainer and storefront trainer in this free video clip from Michael Luongo. Watch More:

What do you do to improve your speed and stamina? 

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