Orlando City players return to pitch for first day of individual training

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Orlando City midfielder Uri Rosell carries out a core workout on the team field in Kissimmee. (Courtesy of Orlando City).

Orlando City players returned to the team’s training centers in Kissimmee Wednesday, exercising at the venue for the first time in practically 2 months.

It was the first day MLS permitted voluntary individual exercises on outside fields given that the league mandated a shutdown in training sessions and matches in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Players used masks upon arrival and whenever they remained in the area of teammates or other members of the personnel. Each player was evaluated prior to moving to their designated area of the field.

Midfielder Mauricio Pereyra stated the return to the pitch was a welcome modification after weeks of attempting to train at home.

“It felt good, of course,” Pereyra stated. “The body is feeling these 54 days without training, but I think the most important in this moment is the safety and then we’ll have the time to get in shape.”

Today our training ground opened to players for individual exercises following CDC and League standards and with assistance from @OrlandoHealth.

We have actually got to state, it’s great to beback #SoccerIsBack pic.twitter.com/rmbAXqC0Pd

— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) Might 6, 2020

Under the new MLS procedure, each field was divided into 4 quadrants. Players might not leave their designated quadrant of the field, and they weren’t permitted to physically engage in any way, consisting of passing the ball or attempting to shoot the ball past anybody.

Each player was designated a various arrival time throughout the day to divide up time on the field.

Although these exercises are voluntary under the league required, a lot of of the team decided to train on the pitch on Wednesday. Players utilized foot ladders, obstacles, weights and other equipment to carry out strength and cardio workouts. They likewise utilized their time on the field to get discuss the ball.

Pereyra acknowledged these workouts are just the start of restoring the team’s physical fitness, however they provided hope for the future.

“I think it’s very important,” Pereyra stated. “Of course it’s the first step, but we have a long way now. This is the beginning. We hope soon we can train with the full group.”

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