USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
One of the key elements of preseason training its building fitness, as clubs aim to make sure their players are reaching their peak just as the season kicks off.
As with a number of teams nowadays, Sacramento Republic FC is taking an analytical approach to the matter. As Paul Buckle’s squad trains in Mexico this week, all of the players are using Playertek GPS devices to allow the staff, led by Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Rayfield, to monitor player movement in each session.
“These GPS devices monitor how much they run, how explosive their movements are, and then we can tailor the program to each player,” Rayfield told Good Day Sacramento. “So if they aren’t working hard enough we know to push them harder, or if they’re working too hard and we need to back off. This GPS system allows us to monitor their workload.”
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The squad is putting in plenty of work in Mexico as it looks to gear up for its season opener against Seattle Sounders FC 2 on March 25. Each day has included an early-morning run, two training sessions and a daily dip in the nearby ocean in Sinaloa.
Using the same training facility as Liga MX clubs Santos Laguna, Club Tijuana and Dorados de Sinaloa, the time abroad has not only helped the club come together on the field, but also has helped integrate the new faces into the team as Republic FC gets ready for its preseason opener on Saturday against the Colorado Rapids at Bonney Field.“It’s nice to hit the ground running, and important to test ourselves in these type of games,” said returning forward Tommy Stewart to the Sacramento Bee’s Bill Paterson. “It’s especially good for the new guys. It shows them what it takes to play at that level, and what we’ll need to do to get better.”