USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, March 3, 2016
PHOENIX – Arizona United SC Coach Frank Yallop is looking for a sharp performance from his side as it takes on Indy Eleven on Friday in the club’s latest preseason contest. The game, set to be played at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., is United’s fourth of the preseason.
“In this game, you can’t play slow and sloppy,” Yallop told ArizonaUnited.com’s Jose Bosch. “You have to be quick and sharp. The teams that do well are sharper and crisper with passing and more alert when they lose the ball and no one is usually walking.”
Arizona is coming off a 3-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids on Saturday in its final contest at the Desert Diamond Cup, which saw the side finish with an even 1-1-1 record in Tucson, Ariz. In the days since at practice, there has been a heightened emphasis on the patterns of play Yallop is aiming for, and an increased tempo of play.
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“I want them to play their natural game, but I wanted it within the parameters of what I’m trying to do,” Yallop said. “I don’t want guys walking out from the back. I don’t want guys getting sloppy. I don’t want guys not taking practice and the games seriously.”
Indy fell 3-0 to Ottawa Fury FC in its first preseason contest in Arizona, and is led by new coach Tim Hankinson as it enters its third season. Ottawa scored three second-half goals in that contest, which leaves both sides looking to rebound on Friday.“On the field we mean business,” Yallop said. “We want to win. I want to win. And the players should feel the same way.”