Today kicked off the first full day of the 2010 Houston Dynamo Residential Elite Camp, presented by Statoil. The Academy hopefuls started their day with an egg and pancake breakfast and some quality World Cup matches. The campers then broke for their first session of the day, covering defensive tactics and strategies.
After finishing their training, the players were instructed through a classroom lecture covering the basic principles of the 4-4-2 formation. They were shown the benefits and strategies of the setup while also applying the defensive teachings from the morning into the lecture.
A lunch of cold-cut sandwiches were then served, with more World Cup action followed by the beginning of a four-day long “futsal world cup” where the players have a chance to showcase their individual skills in a different setting of play.
Following the futsal matches, the players were instructed through another training session before beginning the pregame warm up for the 11 v. 11 games. A total of three full-sided games were played, with an abundance of spectacular shots, saves, and overall stellar performances by all of the campers.
The games started off with a hard-fought match between ’97 and ’98 boys. Denny Mesic scored to give the ’98s a 1-0 win. After that game, the ’96s played the ’95s. Ivan Ramirez had a spectacular game, coming away with two goals to bring the ’95 boys to a 2-0 win. In the last match, the second ’96 team played the ’94s. Jose Ixcol scored a hat trick, with Diego Sanchez and Robert Carter each adding one for the ’96 boys to rout the ’94 boys, 5-0.
Chicken alfredo was served for dinner before another vigorous round of futsal matches started. The campers then headed back to their dorms for pizza snacks. Then it was off to bed to prepare for another day of fast paced, high quality training.