Rugby World Cup
This Week's Issue
Life of Reilly
SI for Women
CNN/SI - TV
Golf Pro Shop
MLB Gear Store
NFL Gear Store
SI FOR KIDS
At every practice last week, the MetroStars performed Milutinovic's notorious "one player, one ball" drill, in which each player merely dribbles around the field. "You must know the feel of the ball to play the game," says Bora. "It drives guys nuts," says defender Alexi Lalas, another alumnus of Bora's U.S. team, "but now we know that there's a method to the madness. In '94 we didn't."
Not that Milutinovic's rescue plan is based just on smoke and mirrors. Last week he not only ran the MetroStars through their first two-a-day practices all season but also sidled up to rookie defender Mike Petke and in five minutes changed the way Petke plays. Instead of defending with his body turned toward the sideline, he now faces attackers head-on. "I'll stick with it," Petke said. "Bora knows what he's doing."
At least he does until the MetroStars' playoff run ends; Milutinovic is still interested in the vacant U.S. team position. "I am happy that they invited me to New York," he says, "but tomorrow may be different. Tomorrow I don't know where I go."
Issue date: October 5, 1998
Copyright © 1999 CNN/SI. A Time Warner Company.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.