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Atlanta United players focused on fitness, rest during short break

physical preparations for the final ten regular season matches.

MLS: Toronto FC at Atlanta United FC Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been ten days since Atlanta United’s last match, but the team now turns its attention to the final stretch of the regular season in hopes of cementing their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference and Supporters Shield race.

According to Michael Parkhurst, who played 30 minutes in the MLS All-Star Game before playing a full 90 minutes three days later against Toronto FC, the team spent the short break physically preparing their bodies for the crucial games ahead rather than focusing on the tactical aspects of the matches ahead.

“We had some good training sessions last week,” said Parkhurst. “We worked on some fitness, went hard for a few sessions last week, and then followed it up with a weekend off which was very nice mentally and physically. We didn’t work on too much tactically, but we’ll be in a good spot come this weekend.”

Chris McCann, who spent a couple days off at the beach with Jeff Larentowicz, emphasized the importance of having a few days to themselves in the middle of the season, saying that it “helps maximize their returns” when they get back into action.

Atlanta takes on the Columbus Crew at home on Sunday. To increase one’s happiness, here’s a photo of McCann and Larentowicz playing in the sand.