Three days after his first training camp as head coach of the Los Angeles Soccer Club, Steve Cherundolo has achieved what he’s come to expect so far.
With versatile defender Franco Escobar, for example, who won the MLS Cup with Atlanta United in 2018, Cherundolo sees the “proven winner” he is supposed to be, who, at 26, will be Be a role model for younger players.
“It’s great that those expectations are met,” the coach said on Thursday.
Escobar hasn’t held an in-depth conversation with his new coach since camp began on Tuesday. But the fiery Argentinian, 26-year-old, likely a regular, says Cherundolo’s message – a blend of attacking DNA and a football philosophy honed over 22 years in Germany – “so obvious so now we’re working to adapt to that.”
As the club make good on its promise to bolster its squad with players that were outstanding in their prime alongside a highly regarded goalkeeper following the purchase of Maxime Crepeau from Vancouver on Thursday, Expectations for Black & Gold have only increased since Cherundolo hired at the start of the year .
The eye-catching potential of adding a third designated player remains viable ahead of opening day and as the pieces come together midway through training camp through the end of the year, Cherundolo believes finding and maintaining A balanced way of playing to connect defense to attack and vice versa will be crucial to their success.
Key to that quest are the club’s recent title-winning additions in midfield, Ilie Sanchez and Kellyn Acosta, “two very, very good men with strong characteristics and personalities on the pitch. ,” said Cherundolo.
LAFC must wait until the next round of the U.S. Men’s Men’s World Cup qualifying round ends in early February before the 26-year-old Acosta can pair up with Sanchez, 31, and other midfield options of the United States. club.
“Both are winners. Both are team players. Both are very good communicators,” said Cherundolo on the club’s first call of the 2022 season. “All the properties and content that we are looking for and will use on the field. to fill in some of the holes that we were looking to plug in.”
The day he was introduced as head coach, Cherundolo indicated that he wanted his players to smile and have fun every day. On that front, expectations have not diminished either.
“When you train and you know you will always focus on having the ball, try to play around the ball and work on exercises that value creating chances with the ball to bring you joy, ‘ said Sanchez. “I think we’re all here because at some point we started our childhood playing with the ball and I think Steve wants us at least for these first days and weeks. feel that we are here, of course, to win the matches.
“But the closest way to winning is if we enjoy what we do and we get rewarded with the ball not only in training sessions but also in games.”
https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/20/lafc-meeting-new-coach-steve-cherundolos-expectations/ LAFC meets new coach Steve Cherundolo’s expectations – San Bernardino Sun