Portland’s Lucas Melano: Staying A Step Ahead On The Pitch

Portland’s Lucas Melano: Staying A Step Ahead On The Pitch

It only took a year for Portland’s Lucas Melano to win a title in the MLS, but that immediate success hasn’t made him any less motivated. Lucas has overcome plenty so far during his career and is constantly focused on proving his doubters wrong. Let’s get to know the speedy forward.

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Transitioning To The MLS

Eastbay: You came over from the Argentine Football League to the Portland Timbers in July of 2015. How has the transition gone so far?

Lucas: The truth is, it was very difficult moving here at first. The hardest part was coming here alone without family or friends. It was a completely different language and league, but the thing we did have in common was futbol. It took me time to adapt to being here, but having my teammates made things a lot easier.

Eastbay: Portland was able to win the title during your first year with the team. How cool was it to be a part of such early success?

Lucas: It was beautiful! When I came to Portland, the fans there told me I was going to a club that would contend for a championship. It was a very smart club with good teammates. This is a very good league, but as the year went on, we just kept fighting and fighting. When we got to the playoffs, we just kept that same mentality and were able to win it all.

Eastbay: How are you and your teammates staying motivated throughout this season and focusing on repeating?

Lucas: Last year told us that in order to make it to the championship, we have to train and make sacrifices. So, this year, we are working and practicing harder than ever. We know what it takes and really want to get back there.

Training For Greatness

Eastbay: Your speed and pace on the pitch are particularly impressive. When you train, what types of drills do you do to stay so fast?

Lucas: I always try and give maximum effort during my training no matter how hard it is. We do a lot of ball drills focused on velocity. We also play 4-on-4 or 8-on-8 soccer in smaller sections of the field than normal. It really helps with your mobility and ball movement, because you have to react so quickly. Then, when you play a normal game, the field really opens up.

Eastbay: What types of food do you like to eat during the season to keep your body fueled?

Lucas: I love all types of food, but during the season I have to watch what I eat. I can’t be eating hamburgers and fries all the time! I like to eat a lot of protein and fruit and try to find the right amount of healthy balance.

Conquering His Can’t

Eastbay: At any point in your career, has anyone told you that you can’t do something? How did you prove them wrong?

Lucas: I played for a junior league in Argentina at one point and I was only there for about a month. They told me I couldn’t play there because there were other players better than me. But I didn’t give up, I kept going. So I took a bus from Buenos Aires to Córdoba, found a club that had space for me, and started playing there. I got a lot better and made it to the point where I got transferred to the Portland Timbers and won a championship.

adidas & MLS Announce World’s First Smart Soccer League

adidas & MLS Announce World’s First Smart Soccer League

adidas & MLS Announce World's First Smart Soccer League (1)

words // Brandon Richard

Major League Soccer and adidas have announced that MLS will integrate the adidas miCoach Elite System league-wide in 2013, marking the world’s first soccer league. The announcement precedes the 2012 MLS All-Star Game, which is set to be the world’s first “smart game” integrating the system. Next season, each MLS club will use adidas’ data-tracking technology to provide coaches, trainers and players with real-time performance metrics.

By measuring on-field performance, league officials are hopeful that teams will have a better understanding of the physical and physiological impact of the game. In-depth analysis will possible prevent overtraining and risk of injury, allowing players to maintain optimum levels of performance throughout the season.

“We are proud to partner with our long-term partner Major League Soccer to debut our latest innovation the micoach Elite System at the MLS All-Star Game and then across the league in 2013,” said adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer.  “As the paths of sports and technology continue to converge, we are pleased to be pioneering in this area and continue to deliver cutting-edge innovations to teams and leagues worldwide.”

The miCoach Elite System includes a small data cell that fits into a player’s base layer in a protective pocket on the back between the shoulder blades. A series of electrodes and sensors woven into the fabric of the base layer connect to the cell, which will wirelessly transmit more than 200 data records per second from each player to a central computer. Information will also be displayed on a series of simplified insights and results on the coach’s iPad.

“Our long-standing partnership with adidas and our combined goal to bring innovative and game-changing experiences to the sport of soccer are key reasons behind the success of Major League Soccer,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber.  “Working with adidas, we are bringing players, coaches and fans across the league a revolutionary technology to help teams perform at the highest level.”

In the future, MLS fans will be able to experience greater insight from the field of play as live, on-field player data will become an integral part of the game experience, whether watching from home or within the stadium.

The micoach Elite System is part of the family of micoach electronic training devices, services and technologies that capture, analyze and evaluate personal performance to help athletes get better for their sport.

adidas & MLS Announce World's First Smart Soccer League (2)

adidas & MLS Announce World's First Smart Soccer League (3)

Soccer Watch: Messi Leads Barca to Supercup Title

Soccer Watch: Messi Leads Barca to Supercup Title

Lionel Messi sneaks one past Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo.Lionel Messi sneaks one past Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo.

words // Nick Engvall

The debate about the world’s greatest athletes is always subjective. Most of the time, as fans, our dedication to our favorite players and teams is a heavy influence on our belief of who is best. When it comes to the greatest soccer player in the world, often times two names are most often brought up, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Luckily for fans of these players and the sport of soccer, Ronaldo and Messi are often on the same pitch, as the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona, is one that is a frequent match up. This week the Supercup brought the two sides together again, and unfortunately the competitiveness of both sides led to a bench-clearing shoving match that took away from the 5-4 aggregate win for Lionel Messi and Barcelona. The win marks the 10th victory in Spain’s Supercup for Barcelona.

Check out the latest Soccer Watch coverage below courtesy of Yahoo.

Soccer Watch: A look at what the pros wear.

Cristiano Ronaldo in his signature Nike soccer cleats.Cristiano Ronaldo in his signature Nike soccer cleats.

Cesc Fabregas in the Nike Total90 Laser.Cesc Fabregas makes his Barca debut in the Nike Total90 Laser.

Iker Casillas wearing Reebok soccer cleats.Iker Casillas wearing Reebok soccer cleats.

Lionel Messi celebrates one of his goals in the adidas adiZero F50.Lionel Messi celebrates one of his goals in the adidas adiZero F50.

Carlos Marchena of Villareal controls the ball in the adidas adiPower Predator.Carlos Marchena of Villareal controls the ball in the adidas adiPower Predator.

Gareth Bale of Tottenham in the adidas F50 adiZero.Gareth Bale of Tottenham in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Dominic Odura of Chicago Fire in wearing PUMA soccer cleats.Dominic Odura of Chicago Fire in wearing PUMA soccer cleats.

Brandon McDonald of DC United makes a pass in the latest Nike soccer cleats.Brandon McDonald of DC United makes a pass in the latest Nike soccer cleats.

Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City in the adiPower Predator.

Graham Zusi of Sporting Kansas City in the adiPower Predator.

Shalrie Joseph of the Revolution wearing adidas soccer cleats.Shalrie Joseph of the Revolution wearing adidas soccer shoes.

 

Soccer Watch: MLS All-Star Game

Soccer Watch: MLS All-Star Game

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United holds the trophy after a 4-0 victory over the MLS All-Stars.Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United holds the trophy after a 4-0 victory over the MLS All-Stars.

words // Nick Engvall

As if American soccer fans needed more proof that we’re behind the curve when it comes to talented soccer players, the MLS All-Stars lost a disheartening 4-0 match against Manchester United on Wednesday. The MLS squad put together a few decent runs in the first 20 minutes of the match, but a goal from Anderson, followed by Park Ji-Sung just before halftime, was only the beginning of the downfall.

Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck added goals in the second half to make the final 4-0, Manchester United. Adding another blow to the soccer fans of the nation, after the tough loss in the Women’s World Cup.

It leaves the question for many as to why the MLS All-Star game even features an international team. What our your thoughts?

Soccer Watch: A look at the boots worn in the MLS All-Star game against Man U.Thierry Henry wearing PUMA soccer cleats.Thierry Henry wearing PUMA soccer cleats.

Dimitar Berbatov gets a little pushy in his adidas soccer cleats.Dimitar Berbatov gets a little pushy in his adidas soccer cleats.

Patrice Evra controls the ball wearing Nike soccer cleats.Patrice Evra controls the ball wearing Nike soccer cleats.

David Beckham was equipped with some gold adidas boots.David Beckham was equipped with some gold adidas soccer boots with the names of his children stitched in.

Park Ji-Sung controls the ball with his Nike soccer boots.Park Ji-Sung controls the ball with his Nike soccer boots on his way to a goal.

Rio Ferdinand gets some air in the Nike Total90 Laser.Rio Ferdinand gets some air in the Nike Total90 Laser.

Kyle Beckerman makes a play in his Nike cleats.Kyle Beckerman makes a play in his Nike cleats.

images via Yahoo