"I feel great," said Eskandarian after his latest practice session. "It's a night and day difference from last season. I was always playing catch-up last season, trying to regain my fitness level. But I did a lot of work in the off-season and I think it's playing off."
The change in 2009 is already being noticed, as Eskandarian was invited to Monday's United States National Team practice, also at The Home Depot Center, as a guest player to make up numbers in the camp.
Chivas USA will be glad to have the striker back at full capacity. With Ante Razov sidelined for 8-12 weeks with ankle surgery to remove bone spurs, Eskandarian will most likely feature prominently in Head Coach Preki's offensive strategy.
It's a job the striker is keen to accept: "Making dangerous runs up top, working hard defensively, and helping to retain possession: those are the things that I bring to the team when I'm out there. And it's no secret that I love to put the ball in the net."
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