In August 2012, IMG Academy soccer player Ian McCauley was invited to Germany for a soccer trial with 3rd Division Bundesliga team, VLF Osnabruck. It was meant to get McCauley on the radar for scouts and coaches, but by the fourth day, the club was impressed enough to invite him to stay and play for their team.
By invitation, McCauley returned to Germany this week to begin training with VLF Osnabruck once again.
McCauley is chronicling his experience over the next week through daily journals.
I was tired the first day that I flew in. I was first picked up by dad, and he told that I had to train. I was excited but at the same time exhausted because of the jet lag. When I got to the fields, there was one field not covered in snow and that field was a turf field. It was very delightful to see, it being the first time seeing snow on a soccer field. I played with under sixteen team and I was ambitious to see how the players have developed from the last time I've trained with them. We all got our training gear that was all set out for us, with the gear for the cold.
After getting dressed we each got a ball and headed out to the pitch. Right from the start I could tell that the players were outstanding. For the warm up, we first went into a 5v5 possession. It was very exciting to play for it was a very fast tempo and technically demanding. Following that the assistant coach led us to a movement warm up that included running and stretching, this was physically demanding. The actual training had started after that and the style of play was awesome. All the players were technically great with the ball and were all precise. They were working on defending and everything that they did (except for the end with the big game) was in tight spaces. After the training, we all took showers and headed home.