While Nashville Soccer Club is in preseason training camp at IMG Academy, NashvilleSC.com is keeping a “Player’s Diary” that features a different player recapping his day. The entries are posted the following morning.
Today, we feature defender Ken Tribbett writing about Saturday.
What a week it has been down at IMG Academy. Lots of good soccer and lots of good journal entries, but fortunately we saved the best for last both on both accounts.
Reflecting back on the week, it feels like ages ago that we arrived to the complex, and watched a Super Bowl that was less than impressive. In the span of just 6 days, we were able to accomplish so many things that will prepare us for our first regular season match on March 9th. The facilities have helped in that regard as well. The field conditions down here have been pristine, which allows us to play at a higher level and build chemistry with the players around us. We also could not have asked for better weather conditions, as I say to Danny Vitiello every single morning, “What a beautiful day.” When most people think about Florida weather, they say 75 and sunny, and that’s just what we got.
Overall it’s been a tremendous week for the group building together, and wecouldn’t have asked for a better way to cap it off than a game day against our rival and former champion Louisville City. To be the best you have to beat the best, so being able to have a friendly with a quality side helps us get ready for an exciting 2019 season.
The game started off a bit rocky as it took us a few minutes to find our footing, but once we did you could truly see the amount of talent we have on this roster. From the back to the front, we all have confidence and trust in one another, and it shows on the field. We are able to play a beautiful style of football that is fun to watch, and we got our reward halfway into the first half with a smooth Tucker Hume finish.
Unfortunately, we conceded a last minute free kick to close out the first half, but it teaches lessons that need to learned before we begin to play the games that matter. The second half begins, and we see the depth of the roster as we rotate numerous players to get real game minutes. The level stays the same which is a testament to the overall quality of this team. Once again, we find ourselves in the lead through a great team goal finished off by Alan Winn halfway through the second stanza. This time we were able to hold off a strong Louisville side and get our first win of the 2019 season.
It is just a preseason game, but that doesn’t matter to us as we want to win every time we step on that field. To win, and to win against our rival, is a perfect way to finish off this week down at IMG.