Jarryd Phillips Part 2 Navigating COVID 19

Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 10:46 AM EST
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Foxborough, Massachusetts (WAGM) - All sports have had to navigate the pandemic.That includes MLS soccer. UMFK graduate Jarryd Phillips is the New England Revolution Director of Performance. He was there when the season was suspended early this year.

Jarryd Phillips:" This was just happening what does this mean. Do we isolate for a few days or a couple of weeks. Are we going to be back in? Then we started hearing all the stories a few weeks later. There is a plan to move forward and get MLS up and running again. There was talk of doing it without fans, talk of the bubble. There was talk of individual training, group training, team training. We had to jump through quite a few hurdles to get to where we are."

Phillips also watched the players do everything they could to maintain their fitness and stay in game ready shape

Phillips:" They were doing home work, they were doing it in the living rooms. They were using their furniture, grocery bags full of water bottles as weights. What they were coming up with to get resistance training. Keeping their bodies and minds in a good place because were we coming back or were we not coming back? If we come back we need to be prepared."

The MLS season restarted in July with the first four Revolution games played at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando The teams then returned to their home stadiums for the rest of the season. Like most professional sports fans are not allowed at the Revolution home games.

Phillips:" The fans make such a difference even the 15 to 25 plus thousand fans that we get. They bring so much atmosphere to what is going on. The guys acknowledge that without the fans in the beginning it felt like you were playing a competitive pre season game. It was difficult to adjust to that environment."

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