|Charlotte Independence take another step toward training activity|
|USL eases restrictions for team gatherings|
|Published Monday, June 15, 2020 12:08 pm|
|The Charlotte Independence can engage in more training as the USL eases restrictions on team activities. USL Championship play is scheduled to resume on July 11.|
The United Soccer League announced entering the second phase of easing training restrictions on June 8 with USL Championship play scheduled to return on July 11. League protocols for USL Championship and League One allow coaches to provide technical instruction, open weight room facilities, as well as expand player treatment beyond rehabbing injuries. Teams must comply with local health guidelines.
Charlotte Independence training sessions now allow for 10 players to train together at a time and work more on possession and finishing. The team played one match before the season was suspended on March 12.
“My focus is getting back to playing and playing well,” goalkeeper Brandon Miller said. “Getting injured or getting sick is not something that is on the agenda.”
No one knows what the level of play will look like next month, but Miller feels confident in the work he put in during quarantine.
“I’ve been training at a pretty good level for the past two months on my own, but it is similar to preseason in February,” he said. “You come in and you have a base level, but haven’t had live reps. It’s just getting adjusted to that, and hopefully we can get a scrimmage or two in that will give us a game-type atmosphere. I feel confident stepping back in and being at the level I was at when the season was suspended.”
Team training sessions are voluntary, and center back Hugh Roberts and central midfielder Kevan George have been working together with a few other teammates rather than attend larger group sessions. Roberts said they have not attended larger trainings because they did not want to risk their wellbeing. Roberts and George have worked on fitness and focusing on position drills specific to work on building out of the back, trying to create game-like scenarios going beyond technical short-sided work.
“We haven’t been at the optional trainings yet,” Roberts said. “When you’re doing things on your own, you can get a lot more reps out of it and pick things that you need to fix for your position. It helps us stay mentally sharp and build chemistry for on the field.”
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