Blue Toro attended Toronto FC’s training session earlier today at Downsview Park. Here’s eight things we took from being there:
1) THE WEATHER
Not that you should really be complaining if writing about sports is your profession, but it’s still always preferable to cover training when you have decent weather.
2) THE BOOT ROOM
I’ve always gone by the rationale that only the best footballers should wear coloured football boots. If the photo above is anything to go, Toronto FC must have a lot of talented players working their way through the ranks.
3) PRESIDENT & GM KEVIN PAYNE
Kevin Payne has earned a sterling reputation during his involvement with MLS. Whether this helps Toronto FC in the long terms remains to be seen, but it’s encouraging to note his presence for training today.
One of the best things about a job like this, is getting the chance to speak to professional athletes, such as Darren O’Dea.
5) BOBBY CONVEY
It was interesting to be in attendance for the first media scrum with new signing Bobby Convey. Even better was hearing his response to a question about if he’s ready to play:
“I’m going to go out there for training and if (the coach) say’s I can’t play tomorrow, maybe I’ll slide tackle him a couple of times and see how that goes.”
6) ROBERT EARNSHAW
Robert Earnshaw’s contract situation may be up in the air at the moment, but if TFC fans are looking for any positive signs, he’s enjoying life in Toronto:
“Almost right away, you get an instinct of a place. I felt this was the right place and I needed to be here. And that’s how I still feel now. The people are great and the city’s amazing.”
7) RYAN NELSEN
I was amused by the disregard everyone had for Ryan Nelsen’s sore throat, by continually bombarding him with questions. (Yes, yes. I realise everyone has a job to do.)
8 ) TRAINING
I feel like I’m forgetting something here……………..ah yes, that’s right! We also enjoyed actually watching the players train.
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