FUEL Soccer Talk for 1/17: Minnesota Terps; Manchester City’s Rondo; Soccer dog

Another day, another day on the pitch!

MLS SuperDraft: Minnesota picks a pair of Terps

MNUFC bolstered its defense with a pair of players from the University of Maryland in the first round of Friday’s MLS SuperDraft. With the seventh pick of the first round, the Loons selected goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair and then selected defender Chase Gasper with the 15th pick after acquiring the pick from Chicago Fire for $50,000 of GAM.

Both St. Clair and Gasper played for the 2018 NCAA Champion Maryland Terrapins. St. Clair did not allow a goal in the final 500 minutes of the season. The native of Pickering, Ontario brings length to the position and is a modern keeper who wants to play with the ball at his feet and be a distributor.

When healthy, Gasper was a mainstay for the Terrapins, manning the left side as both a defender and midfielder in his junior and senior years. Initially starting his college life with UCLA, he was a regular starter as a freshman, scoring the goal that put the Bruins into the College Cup finals.

QUESTION FOR YOU: In baseball, teams are debating whether to sign Bryce Harper and Manny Machado – two players who have won nothing in their MLB careers. Taking two players from the National Champs means Minnesota must put some stock in winning. What are your thoughts? Do you prefer a player who has won something in their career? 

Here is a great feature on the two Terps in The Athletic!!!

Coaching Clinic: Pep Guardiola’s “Rondo”

4 v 4 + 3 Rondo allows players to understand the principles of width, depth and length to create passing angles and distances. Looking always to create diamond and triangle shapes in supporting each other to create numerical superiority.  Here we show a rondo based on building from the keeper and / or building from the center backs. Its actually a very simple way to teach a complex idea.

You can focus on the attacking players with no defensive transitions with defending players; OR; add transitions when possession changes. I prefer the latter way as it forces players to develop their transitional mentality and physicality. Transition from attacking to defending and defending to attacking must be rapid.

“Soccer Awareness” does a great breakdown of the popular drill made famous by Johan Cruyff.

Here is Manchester City’s version of Rondo

Does Rondo look like a fun drill that would improve your soccer skills?

Keep your eye on the ball!!!

A video is worth a thousand words! Enjoy – I know I did.

Playing soccer with your dog is a great and fun way to sharpen your ball skills – just saying! 

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