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MLS Huskies Part VI: Training Sessions At The Next Level

June 1, 2015

Every Monday, UConn men's soccer will take a look at some of the former Connecticut standouts currently playing in Major League Soccer or other professional leagues. We will provide updates on their teams and share some insight from the players, who have all answered a variety of questions regarding their pro careers.

MLS Weekend Recap
Cyle Larin | F | Orlando City (Record: 3-5-5) | Saturday's Result: 2-2 draw with Columbus

>> Started up top and played 72 minutes
>> Finished with five shots and two shots on goal
George Fochive | MF | Portland Timbers (Record: 5-4-5) | Sunday's Result: 2-1 win over Colorado
>> Earned the start and played all 90 minutes
Tony Cascio | MF | Orlando City (Record: 3-5-5) | Saturday's Result: 2-2 draw with Columbus
Did not appear
Andre Blake | GK | Philadelphia Union (Record: 3-3-8) | Saturday's Result: 2-1 loss to DC United
>> Did not appear (Currently injured)
Sergio Campbell | D | Columbus Crew (Record: 4-4-4) | Saturday's Result: 2-2 draw with Orlando
>> Did not appear

This Week's Question: What are training sessions at the professional level like?
Cyle Larin --
"Training sessions with my current team are a lot different than at UConn. They're more intense, demanding and physically harder. I have learned new things at each session."
George Fochive -- "Training is a lot more specific now. We work as a team but we have various themes to get players touches and movements right at different positions."
Tony Cascio -- "On a day-to-day basis I would say the training load is about the same. The only difference is there is a higher level of play and the pace is a bit faster."



Andre Blake -- "Training with the Union requires a lot of physical and mental preparation. I always make sure to stretch properly before I hit the field, and then we go to work."
Sergio Campbell -- "They are similar. UConn had a very high caliber for workouts, and we were constantly pushed to our limits. The fitness at UConn was very good, and that prepared me coming to Columbus where the fitness sessions are also very demanding.
Jossimar Sanchez (Defender for the Swedish Pro Team Nykopings BIS) -- "The sessions here are a lot more physical. Swedish soccer, from what I have noticed, emphasizes physicality a lot more than college soccer. But the technical aspect done at Uconn is higher I would have to say. Less technical players here and more fighters and tacklers."