Res Elite Camp: Day 3

Campers face dreaded fitness testing

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Photo Credit: 
Michael Fasching / Houston Dynamo

The 2010 Houston Dynamo Residential Elite Camp, presented by Statoil, continued Tuesday with the
potential Dynamo Academy prospects waking up with
butterflies in their stomach. Tuesday was fitness testing day!

During the
morning session, the groups were split up as usual, but instead of training, the
groups were put through a series of tests which are applied to measure speed over 20 meters, recovery rate, mobility, speed when changing
direction, and anabolic rate, all key components in the process
of evaluating potential Academy players.

After the series of tests, players heard from Dynamo Director of Youth Development James Clarkson about what it means and takes to be a Houston
Dynamo Academy player. He spoke about the responsibilities, attitudes,
and commitment that each player needs to reach the next level. Clarkson stressed
that “Skill and ability is what will get you into the Academy, but character is what
keeps you here!”

During the half-day break and lunch, the players embarked on
the second round of World Cup futsal, as well as taking the time to relax and
watch the Brazil-North Korea World Cup game on TV.

The afternoon kicked off with the age groups again playing each other
in 11 v. 11 matchups. In Game 1, the 96s played the 97s to a hard-fought 1-1
draw. The game was well-played all around. In Game 2, the 98s defeated the 99s in a 4-1 triumph. In Game 3, the 93s surprised
the 92s in a 3-1 stunner. The last game of the evening saw the 95s beat the
94s in a 3-1 victory.

After a pleasant pasta dinner, the Academy prospects enjoyed
an evening filled with more World Cup futsal, as well as late-night pizza
just before bed.