PHOTO GALLERY: Junior USMNT Connecticut Training Camp

Images Taken by Katherine Hennessy

Oct. 10, 2018, 8:56 a.m. (ET)

GREENWICH, Conn. - October 9, 2018 - This past weekend at Sacred Heart Greenwich in Greenwich, Conn., the Junior U.S. Men's National Team met for a three-day training camp.

"We trained very hard the past few days," commented Rutger Wiese, U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach. "It’s great to see that the team is getting more fit which enables us to train at a higher level. The staff is looking forward to the next camp in November in Moorpark, Calif."     

The mild seasonal temperatures and overcast skies common to Greenwich, Conn. in October were a welcome shift from the heat and humidity during the Junior USMNT training camp in August. The world-class water-based turf at Sacred Heart Greenwich opened in September 2017 and provides a state-of-the-art experience for players to develop skills and improve their level of competition.

The training weekend included fitness testing and five team sessions. Goalkeepers worked with Jonathan O’Haire, Junior USMNT Goalkeeping Specialist, to focus on key physical, technical and strategic components. Along with the implementation of a rigorous fitness regimen, USMNT players in attendance were able to mentor younger players and effectively assist in creating an expectation of excellence.

"The weekend was highly successful," said Michael Barminski, U-15 USMNT Head Coach and USMNT Athlete. "Having these camps allows the boys to attain information directly from the men’s national team coaching staff as well as men’s national team players."

"With about a month or so between camps, the boys can go home and work on the information supplied to them," continued Barminski. "From my view, the boys have purposefully applied all the new information and come back stronger each camp, both as individuals and as a collective."