I know it's been just two weeks. But I can't be the only one that feels like LAFC has been on an extended break.
Following a pivotal 4-2 victory in Toronto, Bob Bradley's team returned to LA for two uninterrupted weeks of training. And despite a few national team call ups during the FIFA international dates this past week, things have seemed relatively quiet around the Club.
For Bradley, that's not such a bad thing.
"Last week was a really good week of training, where we could just focus on having a really good training session, pushing guys, and being competitive," Bradley said after training on Wednesday. "We had a few golden-goal situations last week in training, which everybody got excited about. And now we start this week in a good way, too."
On Saturday, LAFC welcome the New England Revolution to Banc of California Stadium for the first time. And as the Club's return to the pitch nears, the focus of training begins to shift as well.
"As the week moves on, we start to focus a little bit more on specifics with New England," Bradley said. "I’m hoping that we’re lined up to play our best football of the year. The competition amongst different guys in spots is all positive and everybody feels good about the work that is being done.
"For me, the idea is that we are a good team, and in this last stretch, we can push hard to get to the next step."
News & Notes
- During this set of international fixtures, LAFC had three players suit up for their respective national teams. Dejan Jaković was an unused substitute in Canada's 8-0 Concacaf Nations League qualifier against the U.S. Virgin Island. Shaft Brewer Jr. came on as a second-half substitute against the Jamaica U20s in a USMNT U20's 3-1 win. While André Horta scored for Portugal's U21s in a 2-0 win over Wales in a EURO qualifier.
- Saturday will mark Bob Bradley's 300th regular season match as a head coach in MLS. I asked Bradley if the stat meant anything to him, which caused a short chuckle before the LAFC head coach exclaimed it meant "zero." But he did go on to say this about the achievement: "I’ve said many times, I’ve had a lot of really good experiences. I was part of the league when it started. Had a good run of years with some different teams. Obviously, that led to being the [U.S.] national team coach and on to other things. But when we got going this year, all of our thinking, all of our energy, all of our discussions are just about the opportunity here and trying to make a connection with the city, with the fans, trying to make a team that is fun to watch, and that can be successful. I haven’t spent too much time looking back at any of those kinds of statistics."
- Danilo Silva and Adama Diomande have been back in training this week. Both players didn't feature in LAFC's last match with Toronto, while Dio sat out the match before that against the Galaxy as well.