NASHVILLE – With a long week full of indoor, turf training sessions, Nashville Soccer Club hit the gym on Friday for low impact workouts. A few brief notes about the day and thoughts from coach Gary Smith and defender Bradley Bourgeois.
Hitting the Bag
Head coach Gary Smith led the team through a boxing session on Friday morning. Smith is an avid boxer and put the team through the rigors. One player that especially stood out to Smith was winger Taylor Washington. It shouldn’t be surprising as Washington routinely showed explosiveness last season up wing.
Ready for IMG
The cold and dreary weather in Nashville isn’t making friends amongst Nashville Soccer Club. Defender Bradley Bourgeois ready for some sunshine and warmer temps down in Bradenton, Fla. at IMG Academy.
“You have no idea how much I’m looking forward to Monday when we’re in Florida, and we’re out there and it’s above 65 degrees and on grass. It will be really nice.”
While the conditions are exciting for Smith, he is also looking forward to next week because the cold weather isn’t as conducive to training as warm. In the cold, coaches have to keep the players active to help muscles stay loose and active. The warmth of Florida will alleviate some of that concern.
Healthy So Far
Smith reiterated in his post workout media availability that the team is fairly healthy, outside of some sore legs, through two weeks of the preseason. Nashville SC is less than a week from its first game while down in Florida and Smith likes where the group is at from a health perspective.
“We’ve got some sore legs, one or two niggles,” said Smith. “Like a lot of groups, I’m sure we’ll have two, three or four players at any given time that are not quite where you want them to be. Fingers crossed, no serious problems, and it’s a matter of making sure as many of the players as possible are really getting the workload they need so physically they’re in the right place and they’re able to get the right amount of structure work so that whoever is in or out of the side, they’re ready for what comes next. We’ve got a game in six weeks’ time, we’ve got to get ready for that, and I want as many of the players available and fighting for those spots as I can have.”