Members of the U.S. men's national team spent five days last week in Ystad, Sweden, where they held a training camp in Ystad Arena and played training matches against Swedish club teams Ystads IF Handbollförening and IFK Ystad. The camp went from January 21-25.
"Overall, it was a good week with a large focus on learning, honing our skills and building chemistry. We had anticipated a much larger camp but with only four players on some of the days, it was tough to get into the groove," said assistant coach JD Orr.
"We had good showings against both the clubs in Ystad. They were good training matches; we were able to see what would and would not work against some top tier clubs and get some of our younger players good experience."
The results of the matches were:
IF Ystad 42 - USA 26
IFK Ystad 41 - USA 21
"We got a few steps closer to our goal through this camp," said national team player Abou Fofana. "This was a great learning experience for the team. We definitely built more chemistry and got more used to playing against the top teams, which is definitely a plus for the program."
- Ty Reed
- Michael Lee
- Drew Donlin
- Sam Hoddersen
- Sebastian Wheeler
- Abou Fofana
- Adam Elzoghby
- Alex Binderis
- Antoine Baup
- Rene Ingram
Head Coach - Robert Hedin, Assistant Coach - JD Orr
Team Leader - Andreas Hertelt, Team Doctor - Dr. Thomas Pauly
Men's national team athlete Ty Reed throws to a teammate during the training camp in Ystad Arena.
Drew Donlin and Alex Binderis in action during a training session with Adam Elzoghby and Antoine Baup observing.
Members of the men's national team warming up in Ystad Arena.
(Left to right): Assistant coach JD Orr, men's national team athlete Ty Reed, Dr. Thomas Pauly, men's national team athlete Sebastian Wheeler, head coach Robert Hedin and team leader Andreas Hertelt
Men's national team player Sam Hoddersen taking a shot against U.S. goalkeeper Rene Ingram.
Men's national team player Abou Fofana in action during the training match against IF Ystad.
Men's national team athlete Antoine Baup taking a shot during a training match.
Adam Elzoghby and Ty Reed defending against a Swedish opponent.
Goalkeeper Rene Ingram in action defending the U.S. goal against an opponent.
The men's national team in a huddle during a training match in Ystad Arena.
A team photo of the players and staff representing the United States at the training camp.
Mike Lee and Alex Binderis giving high fives to their opponents after a training match.
The U.S. men's national team and Swedish club team IFK Ystad posing for a group photo after the exhibition match in Ystad Arena.