Postcard from France: Mike Smith arrives at Clairefontaine

25 February 12:04 pm

Postcard from France: Mike Smith arrives at Clairefontaine

By Brian Costello

From the rainy February of Portland to the snowy fields of the French Football Federation's national training facility in Clairefontaine, Timbers Academy co-director Mike Smith has traveled quite a distance.

Sent as part of a special MLS initiative to broaden league academy and player development, Smith was selected to partake in a extensive Elite Formation Coaching License program that involves close collaboration with the FFF as well as on-site observation and work with Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

Freshly arrived in Paris this weekend, Smith was whisked away to the training facility and snapped a few photos:

Got to the French Training center... how amazing! It was snowing here most of the afternoon. We were taken into the local village for savory crepes for dinner with the obligatory red french wine. The scenery is so rustic and cool but we are in the middle of nowhere in the snow! Am staying in Chateau where French Men's National Team stay. I am in Lizarazu's room

Throughout Smith's stay in France, we'll post updates and photos as they come through.