FC Dallas Coach Luchi Gonzalez On Development Needs Variation
Here is a quick article with a ton of photos of FC Dallas players back at training.
Behind the Scenes at FC Dallas with Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez
FC Dallas continued voluntary individual player workouts this week with two staggered training sessions consisting of up to four players per field to allow the maximum amount of space needed for players to comply with safety protocols in place.
On Monday, May 11, FC Dallas players returned to Toyota Soccer Center for individual training sessions after two months of working out on their own.
The players, as well as the coaches, were obviously thrilled.
While it’s undoubtedly better than practicing in solitude in public parks, they’re still lacking the benefits of a full, combined session alongside teammates.
To simulate the variation of a normal training session, head coach Luchi Gonzalez and assistant coaches Peter Luccin and Mikey Varas divided the roster into groups of four which rotate throughout three main drill stations.
“Not only do the players go through different drills every day, but the coaches will also change stations each week, too,” said Luchi who is a former forward.
“Each coach is assigned a theme each week and that changes every week,” Luchi said. “We have three stations: Mine was dribbling this week, Peter’s was short passing combos and Mikey’s was short and long range passing with variations and techniques.”
“And, that’ll evolve once we get some feedback from this week and see what we want to keep doing and what we’ll do different next week,” said Luchi.
“It’s important that they hear different voices each day,” Luchi added. “Development needs variation. If you did the same thing with the same voice every day, then it becomes predictable and I don’t think that challenges the mind enough.”
“We want to make sure we’re having our players out of their comfort zones,” said Luich. “There’s a little bit of everything that the coaches try to bring in different ways and all that makes the development of the week more holistic and more effective.”
Fun Facts About FC Dallas
An original member of MLS since the league’s inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group which also owns the Kansas City Chiefs.
And, did you know that FC Dallas won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1997 and 2016 as well as the MLS Supporters’ Shield in 2016.
Photo’s courtesy of FC Dallas / MLS. Credit: Paul-Michael Ochoa