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How to become a better striker?
Being a striker is no easy task. It is one of the most difficult positions to play on the field. It can be one of the most rewarding positions as well. Strikers play a key role in the attack for their team. Their main responsibility is scoring goals.
So how can you become a better striker for your team?
A striker can become more deadly by improving their movement off the ball. The timing of those movements and the ability to score from different areas in and around the 18-yard box. Improving your movement off the ball and the timing of those movements comes with experience. Watching your game film or game film of a professional striker is a terrific way to learn about what kind of movements those strikers perform and when they perform them. See if they are effective or not and then go deeper and try to answer what about the movement or timing of their movement made it effective.
Did they put themselves in an advantageous position to make a play on the ball? If so, how was their finishing technique? Did they use their instep or laces? Did they jump to win a header? Did they take a long-range shot? Did they use their right or left foot?
It does not matter how the ball goes in the net, as long as it goes in!
Get out on the field and start working on shooting from different areas of the 18-yard box. Try from straight on, from side angles, or off the volley. If you have a friend to train with, one can cross the ball into the box from a wide area and the other can work on scoring from a cross. You can both learn how movements and the timing of those movements impact the ability to place the ball in the back of the net.
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Video of the week: Historic First Goal in Nashville’s Geodis Park
Mikael Uhre of the Philadelphia Union made history against Nashville SC, scoring the first goal at newly opened GEODIS Park. The goal is also Uhre’s first in MLS.
Check it out HERE
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Article of the week: Seattle Sounders Become First MLS Club to Win CONCACAF Champions League Title
Where four other MLS clubs had failed over the past 22 years, the Seattle Sounders stayed the course and made history.
Dealt blow after blow across the two-legged CONCACAF Champions League final, the Sounders produced a historic performance in front of a record crowd at Lumen Field, with a 3-0 win seeing Seattle become the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF Champions League, and the first MLS team since 2000 to win a continental title.
Read the full story HERE