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Could this trip do more damage than good?

Could this trip do more damage than good?
As most of you will know by now, Pompey are currently on a pre-season tour of America. I presume the main reasons for this trip are for a boost of fitness, morale and to try to help the new boys in the team to 'gel' into the team a bit more before the real season starts as well as attempt to develop a fan base for Pompey in USA. But, could this cause more harm than good in terms of fitness for Pompey, more specifically in terms of injuries?

Club soccer in the USA has got a bad reputation for being a 'hacker's league' so to speak In the first three months of their season they have had very serious, possibly career threatening injuries to four of the their top attacking players in the form of Steve Zakuani, David Ferreira, Javier Morales and Branko Boskovic. And I assume there has been more serious injuries along with this as I saw a stat somewhere which said that in the first four weeks there had been several players sent off in the MLS and, if that current rate was to continue there would be 135 red cards shown by the end of their season!

Like me I'm sure most of you will not have heard of the four players but from what I've seen and heard they are all attacking, creative players who enjoy a lot of possession of the ball. This would also seem to hold a clue to the problem. It seems that reason for these reckless tackles is the gulf in class between attackers and defenders in the league. It seems the defenders are unable to compete with the skill and speed of many of the attacking players in the league and so are committing these non-malicious but nonetheless dangerous tackles. Others think it is because of refs being unable to control the game.

Whatever the reason, Pompey's squad is small as it is. We cannot afford any injuries to our squad at this time and this is why I wonder about the affect this trip will have.

What do you think?

Written by Pompey-N.I.

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Date:Wednesday July 20 2011
Time: 7:03PM


US referee are in comparison to other countries ok. I think its just the nature of American sport. Its aggressive. I am hoping that you're being pessimistic Pompey NI but touch wood nothing happens.
20/07/2011 19:17:00
Hope I am being pessimistic Jake. and I presume that since they are friendlies there will definitely be less of a hostile atmosphere anyway.
20/07/2011 19:34:00
Hope I am being pessimistic Jake. and I presume that since they are friendlies there will definitely be less of a hostile atmosphere anyway.
20/07/2011 19:37:00
Hope I am being pessimistic Jake. and I presume that since they are friendlies there will definitely be less of a hostile atmosphere anyway.
20/07/2011 19:53:00
sorry about the repeat comments there. problem with my internet browser.
20/07/2011 19:53:00
sometimes the F5 or refresh key can make this happen for some reason, do not know why...
anyway, thanks for the article Pompey-N.I keep your articles coming - that goes for everyone, they are always welcomed!
20/07/2011 19:57:00
as for this trip, not sure it will be any worse or better but i do wish we had stayed in this country - it would have made it more accessable for fans and made adding additions to the squad easier if it was in england, or mainland europe surely?
are the facilities, and the climate, really that surperior...
20/07/2011 19:59:00
thanks Rug, I'll write as many as I can when I find the time. Also I agree with you on the point of UK or mainland Europe. France obviously would be the easiest geographically aswell as them having good facilities and some good quality clubs and would also be easier for fans to get
20/07/2011 20:08:00
i agree that we could easily have stayed in europe and didn't need to go to usa. if we've gone for the climate and facilities we could have gone to the south of france or spain or somewhere similar. hopefully SC will use this as a sort of scouting mission cos there are some very good attacking players in the usa and it would be good if we could get 1 or 2 in
21/07/2011 01:04:00
This trip seems a lot better than the last one, with only 2 matches in 12 days, instead of 4 in 10 days at different ends of the country like last time. That one was hampered by thunderstorms, plane delays, luggage lost and several injuries. I think this time it's more of a case of team bonding, with arguably only 1 match (Not sure how competative the "Behind Closed Doors" game will be. As much as I'd like for the team to stay in England, I think it's a worthwhile trip if it helps the team bond ahead of the new season.
21/07/2011 02:11:00
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