The Wizards closed out their Bradenton training with 2 split squad games today. Mostly the starters played against Toronto FC while reservists and those fighting to start played against the Chicago Fire.
Hillcrest Road has the story and lineups. Maurice Edu scored a brace and Toronto FC won 2-0 while Ryan Pore started against Chicago and scored a goal with help from Lance Watson. At the half Pore replaced Sealy and got 45 minutes against Toronto. Only Jewsbury and Sealy did not play all 90 against Toronto. Jon Leathers started against Chicago, playing 45, and then replaced Jewsbury against TFC in the 77th. Eric Kronberg started against Chicago and was replaced after an hour by John O’Hara. William and McKenzie came on as halftime subs against the Fire. Kraus also got to play striker for 45 against Chicago while Gray played 90.
Sixteen players have over 200 minutes this preseason. Three have over 300 minutes. Tyson Wahl continues to lead all with 323 minutes. The other two are Hartman and Zavagnin. But Marinelli, Morsink, Harrington and Myers are at 290 each. Healy trails all with just 40 minutes and keepers Kronberg and O’Hara both are also under 100. All but three have started games, they are Kraus, O’Hara and Healy. Seven players have started 5 games but Ryan Pore and Jon Leathers have both appeared in six. Everyone has appeared at least twice.
I noticed that Roger Espinoza played 90 minutes at Attacking Mid today. About half of his overall 245 minutes have been at AM, the rest at wide left. Lance Watson and Ryan Pore have both also played in the AM role (as well as forward or wide). Of course, all of Marinelli’s minutes have been at AM. Note too that four different players have played all of their minutes at Holding Mid: Morsink, Zavagnin, McMahen and Lowery.
Ryan Pore has more minutes than Eloy Colombano and Scott Sealy (280 to 260 and 245 respectively) but all of Eloy and Scott’s minutes have come at forward while Ryan has spent some time at AM. Without Trujillo in camp yet to push for a spot, it still seems to be up in the air as to who the two strikers are in this 3-5-2.
Just by looking at who has played where and who has started – not the most scientific way I guess, but whatever – it looks like, for opening day, Hartman in goal, Conrad and Wahl in back for sure. Other spot up between Jewsbury and probably Hohlbein with Leathers not far behind. Midfield will be Myers and Harrington as wide players, Zavagnin and Morsink as holding mid and Marinelli as the AM. Forwards are still up in the air. My guess is that if Ivan Trujillo is any good then it will be Ivan and Scott up top, but I wouldn’t count out Eloy and Pore. And then there’s Davy when he’s healthy.
It is good to see some competition for the starting spots, or at least some of them. But also would be nice to see someone stepping it up for the Forward position.
The team will be back to training in KC on Tuesday. Practices will be open to the public. Just not sure if it will at Swope or KC Sports Lodge yet.