Adrian Heath's weekly coach's show last night was a bit delayed due to difficulties with his call-in. When they got connected, he graded Orlando City's performance against the Houston Dynamo.
Heath noted particularly the performance of the defense, especially neutralizing Brad Davis and DaMarcus Beasley. He said he believes Brek Shea has the tools to develop into a top fullback. He even mentioned Jurgen Klinsmann being impressed by Brek's development on defense.
Adrian also said he was very impressed by the performance of goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. He likes the example the 37-year-old keeper sets for the younger players, and thinks he can be a cornerstone for the team for a few years.
Of the coming international window, Adrian said it was an opportunity for other players to have a chance to play.
Of Kaká's substitution, Adrian said he was concerned about the heat in Houston, given his high work rate. He decided to take Kaká out for a defensive fortification.
A sound bite from Pedro Ribeiro was played where he said Adrian tasked him with keeping the Houston defense and keeper busy. Obviously that hit paydirt with the own goal. Heath said he got his reward for his performance, and he will get more time going forward.
The Lions coach noted how determined Rafael Ramos, an MLS Team of the Week pick, is to put his best out for the team. He has speed and talent to make up for his lack of height.
Heath gave no hints toward the lineup for the Vancouver match. He said there won't be many changes save for Aurelien Collin being put back in the starting lineup.
The subject turned to Saturday's match against Vancouver Whitecaps. The coach noted the Whitecaps' youth and speed, and said his team needs to be particularly careful in possession.
Heath left his call shortly before the bottom of the hour. The show mentioned "Gaming With The Pros," a new promotion from the team involving playing FIFA 15 with players. Information is available on the club's website.