Norwich City will field two separate starting line ups for Dorados opening USA tour friendly
- Credit: Archant Norfolk
Norwich City's squad are all set to have an early chance to impress with the Canaries ready to field two different starting line ups in each half of their opening USA tour match against Dorados in Sacramento on Thursday evening (7:50pm KO PT time).
City's squad have now arrived in Sacramento after travelling north from their San Jose base where the Canaries have been training at Stanford University and San Jose Earthquakes training complex in readiness for the first of three tour matches.
Assistant boss Colin Calderwood has confirmed the plan is to run the rule over as many of the 25-man touring party as possible with temperatures in this part of California forecast to reach 33c at kick-off time.
'We've been pleased with the effort and we've been very pleased with the training facilities, but the boys are looking forward to 11-a-side,' he said. 'We'll play 11 guys for 45 minutes and a second set of 11 guys for the second 45. That'll give them a chance to work against someone other than team-mates.
'It will give us a standard of where we are. Tactically, we haven't really talked about that yet. But the physicality of the match will be good for us. Playing Dorados is a perfect scenario for us. I understand Sacramento is a huge soccer community and that's fantastic. When it's time to walk out onto the pitch, we'll have our adrenaline going. The boys are ready and looking forward to it.'
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