Los Angeles Galaxy Ins and Outs, Feb. 15, 2011

Dog days in Arizona

Bruce Arena's Los Angeles Galaxy arrived for training in both Scottsdale, Arizona and the Athletes' Performance Facility on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

The first day began with some drills and possession work, as well as a 25-minute scrimmage before the team hit the weight rooms at ASU for some heavy lifting.

Team captain Landon Donovan hopes the players will be able to gel together as a unit, with the season opener against the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field a month away.

“We’re still lacking understanding on the field,” Donovan said. “My belief has always been the things you do off the field then cultivate themselves on the field.

"Guys in groups hanging out after training, whether it’s sitting by the pool, going to dinner, watching TV, playing cards…those kinds of things allow for discussions about soccer to take place. You can understand people and talk about things that...

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