USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Arizona United SC opened its preseason in traditional fashion on Monday, as the monotonous beep that accompanies so many training camps filled the air in Casa Grande, Ariz.
For veteran Scott Morrison, who is about to enter his 13th season as a professional, the familiar opening was a grind, but an enjoyable one.
“It certainly doesn’t get any easier,” Morrison told ArizonaUnited.com’s H. Jose Bosch. “Out here in the dry heat, it’s certainly difficult. But you become a little bit stronger mentally. I must admit, when I was a fresh 17-year-old, it felt a little bit easier on the legs – didn’t feel quite so heavy back then. But I love it. I love pushing myself.”
- RELATED: Yallop Remaining Patient as United Builds Squad
United enters the new season with a new head coach at the helm in Frank Yallop, and has made a handful of offseason additions already as he looks to build a team capable of contending for the USL Western Conference Playoffs. One of those, Blair Gavin, was the last man standing at the end of the test.
“I train hard in the offseason and it’s nice to see that it paid off here,” Gavin said.
“You want to come in and show you’ve worked hard in the offseason and show you’re ready to play,” added returning United goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski, who recorded a USL-record 130 saves in the regular season a year ago.
United will be in action on Saturday as it takes on fellow USL side the Swope Park Rangers at the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz. As the club builds toward its season opener, Yallop is happy with what he’s seen so far.“Today I saw some good encouragement from the players [to each other],” Yallop said. “I felt the spirit was good. … Right now I’m happy with what I see.”