The U.S. men’s national soccer team spent Tuesday preparing for Wednesday’s friendly game against Belgium.
As part of the preparation, the red, white and blue-clad players held an open practice at FirstEnergy Stadium that several members of the Cleveland Browns attended.
After finishing their practices and meetings as part of the final week of organized team activities, linebackers D’Qwell Jackson and
“I’m just admiring their craft, the time that they put in to be great and I’ve definitely come to see our country’s best,” Little said. “Their tempo, their communication, even though I don’t know exactly what they’re saying, there’s constant chatter throughout their whole practice. (Practice) is very intense.
“They’re very agile, very quick guys, intelligent in knowing where they have to be and where guys are going to be. It’s definitely admirable to me.”
In addition to watching practice, Little and Weeden got a chance to catch up with Jeremy Hafner and Danielle Lafata, who help train Team U.S.A. Hafner and Lafata trained Little and Weeden before their respective combines.
“It’s just good to come back and still have those ties and those memories and it’s just good to see them,” Little said.
Bogotay took the opportunity to watch practice because being a former soccer player, the former forward has an appreciation for what the athletes put their bodies through in order to compete on an international level.
“I played soccer my whole life, and just to get to see them play is pretty surreal,” Bogotay said. “I know that it’s a lot of training that they put into it. I think they average about three miles per half, and you’ve got to be in shape. That’s a big thing. I know all about agility, sprints and shooting as well.
“Any sport at their level, is going to require a lot. As far as these guys, they’ve put in their whole lives. Most of these kids started as they could walk, and they’ve just never stopped. There’s a lot that goes into soccer, and a lot that goes into football as well.”