New FCE coach Colin Miller felt that, looking at the tape of last year’s matches, that the team wasn’t fit enough to compete at the NASL level, and it was a major contributor to the last-place finish. As the new coach, he has stressed fitness. And, for the veterans who spent the previous two years under coach Harry Sinkgraven, it’s a welcome change.
“It has been fantastic so far,” said midfielder and 2011 NASL Best XI member Shaun Saiko. “From my time at Middlesbrough, this was the kind of preseason training that we did. We’ve started the preseason off brightly, there have been no lulls. You have got to get after it.”
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