Galaxy defender Julian Araujo settles in after long international break

Julian Araujo had a busy week.

Tuesday he was in Jamaica with the Mexican national team for a CONCACAF Nations League game.

Early Wednesday morning he was back on the training ground at Dignity Health Sports Park.

“It was a lot of flying over the last two weeks, but I feel good,” Araujo said following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Portland. “I was a little beat out there today coming at the end of the game, but I feel good.

“I’ll take care of my body and be ready for Tuesday.  I came back and knew we were going to have an important couple of weeks coming up. Most important thing for me that the coaches wanted me to do is just turn around and get back into the team. You know, they had been training for about a week and a half, a week or so. So, for me I was just mentally preparing and physically taking care of my body.”

Araujo went the full 90 minutes against Portland and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s on the field for Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal against Sacramento Republic FC at Dignity Health Sports Park (7:30 p.m., ESPN+).

The Galaxy also have a game Saturday at San Jose.

It is the time of the season when recovery is key.

“Taking care of our bodies is key,” Araujo said. “(Coming in on Sunday) We do ice baths, yoga, do a little bit of lifting. Go jog, get on the bike for a little bit. Everybody kind of has their different routines.

“Some of the guys that didn’t get as many minutes today (Saturday) will train. It’s a quick turnaround, we have to do whatever it takes to get ready for the next one.”

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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