The manager of Toronto FC, Ryan Nelsen, has said that it would be great if he manages to secure the services of Jermain Defoe in future.
Nelsen had played alongside Defoe when he was a part of Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 and his relationship with the veteran English striker is believed to be pretty good.
The 2013 season was Nelsen’s first season as the manager of Toronto FC. He couldn’t guide his team to too many victories, but, it looks like the owners of Toronto FC are ready to give him another go and he deserves that too. You can’t judge the skills of a manager on the basis of just one season.
Toronto FC finished the 2013 MLS season at the second last position in the Eastern Conference points table. They managed to win just 6 out of the 34 matches that they played in the league.
Nelsen was talking to the reporters a few days back about the performance of his team in the 2013 season and about his plans for the next season. When he was asked whether he would like to land Jermain Defoe at BMO Field in future, he said, “Yes, I would definitely like to do that. Jermain is one of the greatest strikers that I have played with. He trains hard and goes for the goal all the time. Any manager would like to have a fantastic bloke like him in the side.”
“If he comes to MLS, it would be great for the spectators over here. He is a world class player and if he is put on sale, the teams from all around the world would want to buy him.”
Defoe has been playing for Tottenham since a long time. He has already made 270 league appearances for the Spurs.
Real Salt Lake manager Jason Kreis was critical of his defence after the defeat against San Jose earthquakes. The club were coming into the match with an opportunity to go top of the table and to also forget the memories of the 2-0 defeat against Seattle Sounders last week. However, they suffered a 2-1 defeat against San Jose to remain two points behind Seattle Sounders. This is a major blow to their title aspirations because Seattle Sounders have two matches in hand and could potentially increase the gap to eight points with those matches.
Kreis was critical of the marking done by his players for the set pieces against San Jose. Set pieces were the undoing for his players after the opposition took advantage by scoring crucial goals. Lenhart opened the scoring after just 18 minutes on the clock, but Real Salt Lake did not take long to equalise things. Morales went straight down the other end and scored for the home team. The match was about to take an even bigger turn just a few minutes later because Lenhart scored his second goal of the evening two minutes later. Hence, all the three goals in the match were scored in a space of five minutes.
“It’s just individual plays. It’s about whether or not you’re going to make a play against your mark. It’s about whether you’re going to be physically outmuscled by the forward that you’re marking, or whether you’re going to take that extra half a second to nap. That means he gets behind you, and he’s going to have a chance. For me, we can work on it in training all we want, but in the game it just comes down to focus and commitment,” said Kreis, whose team will be facing Vancouver Whitecaps in the next league match.