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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