Today's blog post was written by junior forward Jonny Forrest.
The day started in the usual fashion with a buffet-style breakfast at 8 a.m. With a game later on in the day, the morning practice was just a light session to get the legs rejuvenated after a busy few days. A short run in the sunshine along the Santa Susana beach got the legs moving again, but also allowed plenty of time i the late morning for relaxation. Lunch was scheduled for 1 p.m. and again was a lovely all-you-can-eat meal provided by the hotel.
At 2 p.m. we set off on a short trip to a little city north of where we are staying called Girona. Here we were given free time to explore what the city had to offer, which turned out to be plenty. Girona is a historical place, with a large cathedral and many old runs, which opened our eyes to a lot of culture. After a fair amount of walking around the city, it was time for a pre-game meal and the (supposedly) short trip to where we were playing against FC Girona's U23 team.
The drive to the game turned out to be pretty eventful. We arrived at the field where we thought the game was to be played, only to learn that it had been changed to FC Salt's stadium at a different location. After a few wrong turns and quite a few trips around the same couple of roundabouts, we arrived at the correct field with only a short time to prepare for the upcoming game. It was a tough game played with a lot of intensity by both teams, but unfortunately we came out on the wrong side of a few dubious refereeing decisions and ultimately a 3-1 score line. There were a lot of positives in the performance though, one notable being the great finish by Phil McQuitty for our only goal.
Tomorrow we will head back into Barcelona for some more sightseeing in the city and then we play our third and final game in the afternoon. Looking forward to another great day!
Quote from Coach Jones:
"I thought Girona were a very good team and they caused us problems early on and pushed us with three early goals. We showed great character to come back and stay committed and disciplined and it showed in our performance in the latter stages of the first half and a much-improved second half. Despite the result, we played some great soccer and as a group there were many positives we can take away from it."