Swans boss Garry Monk hailed the club’s two week training camp in America a huge success despite last night’s 2-0 defeat at Minnesota United.
Having drawn 1-1 with Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday night, the rigours of an intense training programme eventually took its toll as first-half goals from Justin Davies and Greg Jordan earned the NASL side a deserved victory at the National Sports Center Stadium, Blaine.
“Without taking anything away from Minnesota because they deserved the victory, our energy levels just weren’t there tonight,’’ explained Monk.
“But while we always want to win because winning breeds confidence, we can’t let the result detract from a very successful two weeks for the boys.
“They have worked extremely hard and the level we are at is very good because of that training. But perhaps the 90 minutes tonight was a bit too much because of the work we’ve been doing. I’ve been very hard on them and that showed.
“The key thing is that the players will feel the benefits when they return to training next week.
“I’ve really enjoyed the training and putting them through their paces. I’ve been very hard on them and enjoyed seeing them sweat. The boys know that if they hurt now and they get through the tough periods then they’ll be fitter for it and in a better place to go into the season.
“All in all, it’s been a very successful week.’’
Monk was also quick to point to the benefits the club has made off the field as well, spreading the Swansea City name across parts of the States.
“Everywhere we’ve gone from the training pitches, the cities of Chicago, Milwaukee and Minnesota, we have been spreading the name,’’ he added.
“We have grown in popularity and awareness as the two weeks have gone on and we’ve seen more and more Swans shirts about. It is definitely something the club should build on over here.
“So, overall it’s been a very productive week for Swansea City.’’