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Bradenton: Day 6

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The weather has turned here in Bradenton and, for the second day in a row, the guys enjoyed sunshine and temperatures in the 70s.  Saturday morning saw a 11-v-11 intra-squad scrimmage, though a handful of players were rested due to soreness or small knocks - including Chris Pontius, Ben Olsen, Santino Quaranta, Fred and Andrew Jacobson.  Kyle Veris joined the guys on the sidelines after taking a nasty blow to the eye courtesy of an elbow.  You can see a better shot of the bloody tear drop here

At the Saturday evening session, everyone was put through a circuit training series  - as teams of two rotated through strength and speed exercises.  

Sunday morning brought another 10 a.m. practice and included a long warm-up, some crossing and finishing drills and then a scrimmage with neutral players around the outside of the field.  Intensity was high and the play was scrappy - something you like to see early in the year.

This evening, the guys will be put through a short pool workout and enjoy the rest of the evening off.  The team will be back at it tomorrow, as it looks ahead to Tuesday's scrimmage with the Columbus Crew.