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Barca training at UM

Well, the media was told not to publicize where Barca is practicing, but MLS mentioned in a press release that Barca trained at UM, and UM put out a press release about the Barca practices, so...cat's out of the bag. Here's the UM release...

FC Barcelona went through an array of running and passing drills during the hour-long session.

Team captain Carles Puyol was seen working with Barça’s personal trainers, jogging around Cobb Stadium and stretching as part of his rehabilitation from a knee injury. The rest of the club used much of the session to work on short-range passing drills, a testament to the team’s trademark possession game.

Midfielder Xavi Hernandez practiced at full speed, evidence that the starter is recovering nicely from a leg injury that has kept him from preseason play. Meanwhile, starters Gerard Piqué, Andrés Iniesta and David Villa mixed it up with newcomers Thiago Alcántara do Nascimiento and Ibrahim Afellay. Head coach Pep Guardiola looked on and periodically corrected some of the younger members of the roster.

A crowd of about 50 fans gathered outside the gates of Cobb Stadium to show their support, while an almost equal number of reporters interviewed midfielder Seydou Keita following the team’s work out.  

The club will return to Miami’s facilities three more times during the days leading up to their matchup against Mexican squad Chivas de Guadalajara at Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday.

Fans can check out the award-winning Cobb Stadium and the Hurricanes Soccer team in person when the Canes open their home schedule on Aug. 19 against the University of Florida at 7 p.m.