Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jozy's "first day of school"

As I readied to trek over to AZ training for Jozy Altidore's first session last Friday, I finally came to a sad conclusion after so much denial: my camera is old and crap.

Fortunately, there was a nice fan who regularly snaps photos at the ground. She mentioned that the players often ask her for shots, so I asked if she'd be willing to share some with the folks back in America monitoring Jozy. She kindly agreed, but I received them too late to use for my MLSS article that evening (also check out my analysis of the sweet move, if you hadn't already).

While I wait for the next potential use for one of these shots there, why not give the most kick ass readers in the entire U.S. soccer bubble a little photo essay of his first training at AZ? Why not, indeed.

And FYI, all the photos look much better if you click them. For some reason.

(All photos courtesy of Danielle Mes)

- Greg Seltzer


chalaron said...

He seems to be training alone, was this just a product of his injury or were they doing agility/stamina tests on him or something?

Greg Seltzer said...

Yes, he was training to the side while the team scrimmaged. He did sprints, timed pylon runs, various agility drills and an array of #9 touch drills.

SPA2TACU5 said...
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SPA2TACU5 said...

Greg, you should use Photoshop or something similar.

The reason the "thumbs" look so blurry is because they're actually only 320px wide, and apparently Blogger stretches them to 460px or so. So they become blurry :)

Off topic: 'Gers lost at home to Malmo: 0-1.

Greg Seltzer said...

Nah, they are all sized larger than the post size, it actually had to slightly shrink them. Not sure what the hell I did wrong, or even if it was me.

Oh well, a few clicks won't hurt anybody.

SPA2TACU5 said...

Oops. I'm running NSC on a bigger font size and that blows up the images sizes too. I always forget I do that :) I stand corrected.

Greg Seltzer said...

Good thinking, Batman. Not sure why that didn't occur to me.