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TFC Returns Home
February 17, 2009, 3:56 PM
Filed under: MLS Preseason, Pablo Vitti, Toronto FC

Toronto FC returned to BMO Field on Tuesday to continue preseason training after spending last week training in Bradenton Fla. The Reds will train in Toronto for the rest of the week before returning to Florida on Friday. Coach John Carver is happy with what has been achieved so far. “I’m delighted with what we had last week,” said Carver. “It’s the best preseason I have had in my entire career. The atmosphere was fantastic and the work we did was great. The buzz around the place is still the same as it was on the first day we came back for preseason and hopefully it will stay like that right up to the first game.”

Carver enjoyed the week in Florida but is pleased to be back in Toronto now. “It was great to train on grass and enjoy the weather and it was a good chance to see some of the new guys play. The whole week went exactly as we planned it. Just when we were getting towards the end of our stint in Bradenton I knew it was time to come home because when you’re living in each others pockets for so long, you can start to get on each others nerves. It was very important to get back here so that some of the guys could find somewhere to live. I had the problem last year when I had to live in a hotel for three months and it is much better to get settled in your own house. Nearly all of the guys who have come in this year are now sorted with accommodation.”

On Tuesday the players were given a fitness test to measure their progress. They then played a series of short games with 11 against 11, and after lunch spent time in the gym. “We’re on a different surface here so you have to condition the body in a different way to make sure that the players are ready to play on the turf throughout the season,” said Carver.

Pablo Vitti trained at BMO Field for the first time after joining the team in Florida last week, and Carver has been impressed with the Argentine striker. “He scored a goal in his first game against New York and he has shown he is a very good finisher. His movement is second to none and he plays on the shoulder of the centre half and looks to get in behind people. He’s technically very comfortable and works hard when he is not in possession of the ball. His all round game is good and he seems ready now to kick start his career. He had huge potential as a young player and hopefully he can fulfil that here,” said Carver.

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