New England Revolution hosted Sporting Kansas City (SKC) on Friday morning which marked the first MLS preseason game at the Grande Sports World (GSW) of 2013. This is the second straight year the Revolution has held a part of their preseason at GSW. Sporting Kansas City, holding their preseason in Tucson, has also visited GSW for the second straight year to play teams located at GSW.
Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps praised GSW as a perfect training facility after the game saying, “It really suits what we are trying to do. When you are starting your preseason you want to have the ability to have the set up with the weight rooms, pools and the food on site. You like to have the ability to play a MLS team and its a good opportunity to get players fit.”
A typical professional soccer game has 2, 45 minute halves. Today’s game was a little different with 3, 30 minute halves. This allowed the coaches to play numerous players and also made the game competitive as players are still getting back in shape.
“A lot of MLS teams stay here. It was a good competitive game especially because we have a lot of guys,” said Peter Vermes Head Coach of SKC.
Below is a gallery from today’s game.