February 21, 2013
A WHITE SURPRISE
Lade admits he had flashbacks to November at RBA with the freak Tucson storm
TUCSON, Ariz. -- When he looked outside his window on Wednesday morning, Red Bulls defender-midfielder Connor Lade could not believe what he saw.
|Connor Lade: "It was pretty unbelievable. Just looking out the window today and seeing snow, having flashbacks of November at Red Bull Arena."
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Snow -- here in the southwestern United States -- during pre-season training for the upcoming Major League Soccer season. There is a good reason why the Red Bulls and other teams go to Arizona to train and play in the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup -- the weather.
But a freak storm dumped some of the white stuff.
"It was pretty unbelievable," Lade said. "Just looking out the window today and seeing snow, having flashbacks of November at Red Bull Arena."
Lade was referring to the freak snowstorm before the start of the Red Bulls' Eastern Conference semifinal playoff game with D.C. United that was postponed away."
Wednesday night's show went on here, although the game's kickoff was pushed back a half hour.
"It was difficult to play in those conditions," Lade said. "Both teams had to play in it tonight. It's pre-season so you usually don't put snow in the same sentence as that. But it was interesting."
Lade, who has played at left back all pre-season, started at left midfield in the 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
"I like playing up in the midfield," he said. "It's different. It's a different aspect than left back. You get to attack higher. You have guys behind you overlapping. It's fun to be in the final third. It's exciting. I enjoy playing there. I thought I did OK. There are always things you can look back on. I'm always going to be the hardest on myself. I'm going to go back, watch video and see what I have to do better next time."
So will the rest of the team.
The Red Bulls played a decent possession game in the opening half, but did not have anything to show for it.
"We had most of the possession," Lade said. "We were combining pretty well. Things just broke down a bit in the final third. We weren't able to put some chances away. We conceded a pretty soft goal. We weren't too happy with that after keeping the ball for most of the half. So we know what we have to improve on. We're looking forward to do that next game."
That next game is the third-place match of the Diamond Cup against the New England Revolution on Saturday night.