A few updates form Charleston...
- Santino Quaranta, Fred, Louis Crayton and Bryan Namoff were all held out of training after picking up injuries in Saturday night's game. Quaranta and Fred both have hamstring strains, Crayton has a strained hip flexor and Namoff has a rib contusion. They'll continue to be evaluated in the coming days.
- Goalkeeper Nic Platter has been let go without being offered a contract.
The session this morning began with a full field, 11-v-11 scrimmage. The scrimmage was a short one with two 15 minute halves, but did manage to provide three goals.
Team Black: James Thorpe; Ryan Miller, Domenic Mediate, Anthony Peters, Marc Burch; Ben Olsen, Devon McTavish, Christian Gomez, Boyzzz Khumalo, Luciano Emilio, Ange N'Silu.
Team Orange: Milos Kocic, Tom Soehn, Dejan Jakovic, Greg Janicki, Rodney Wallace; Brandon Barklage, Clyde Simms, Andrew Jacobson, Chris Pontius; Jaime Moreno, Francis Doe.
The first goal came in the 13th minute, when Andrew Jacobson won a header at midfield and put Francis Doe behind the defense. Doe carried the ball into the goal box and finished the 1-on-1 to the right side of James Thorpe.
Team Orange doubled their lead in the 23rd minute after a defensive miscue. A long ball was lofted towards the top of the 18-yard line where a collision between Thorpe, Domenic Mediate and Doe - all trying to gain control of the ball - resulted in the ball falling right onto the foot of Chris Pontius 35 yards from goal. Pontius struck the bouncing ball with his first touch over the scrum and into the back of the net.
Team Black got one back two minutes later when a giveaway deep in Team Orange's defensive half led to a throw-in. Boyzzz Khumalo corralled the ensuing toss and sent a cross into the box that found the foot of Ange N'Silu. The streaking forward struck the ball with his first touch past Kocic and into the near post.
The morning's session concluded with some finishing drills.
With an eye towards having the guys fresh for Wednesday's game against Toronto FC, the team will simply be put through a short pool workout this evening.