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Carver satisfied with progress
March 3, 2009, 8:27 AM
Filed under: John Carver, MLS Preseason, Toronto FC

Toronto FC coach John Carver is satisfied with the way the team is shaping up as preparations for the new season continue. The team trained at BMO Field on Monday after returning from Sunrise, Florida on Friday. “Compared to this time last year we are miles ahead, but there is still a long way to go. We’ve got three weeks before the first game of the season and things are coming together quite nicely,” said Carver.

The Reds will train in Oakville on Tuesday and return to BMO Field on Wednesday before leaving for the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston on Friday. “We were back to working three against three today and we will play full sided games tomorrow,” said Carver. “We will be working the guys hard early in the week and then easing off towards the weekend because we travel on Friday and play a game in Charleston on Saturday.”

Four players missed the workout on Monday to attend to personal matters. Amado Guevara, Carl Robinson, Adrian Serioux and Pablo Vitti will all return to training on Tuesday. “I decided to let them have today off because it is the only time they will get chance to go home,” said Carver. “Pablo and Adrian have both gone home to pick up some of their things. I allowed Carl Robinson to go home to celebrate his baby’s first birthday and Amado has gone to see his new baby as well.”

Carver is taking the team to Oakville Soccer Club on Tuesday to help build ties with the community. “I think it is very important to have links with the community and they are happy for us to be going there, so it helps everybody. I was invited there to look around the facilities with Paul Winsper and they’ve got an incredible place there. Again it is a different environment for the players to train on a different type of field turf.”

Toronto played two games during the week away in Sunrise beating Florida Atlantic University 3-0 and winning by the same score against Swedish Premier Division team BK Hacken. “The trip was good for us because it gave us the chance to work on good surfaces in a good environment and the players worked really hard,” explained Carver. “Playing against FAU gave me a chance to look at some of the guys we had on trial and it also gave players the chance to work on their fitness and get 90 minutes under their belt. The second game against Hacken was a tougher game because they are close to starting their season now. I saw them play Dallas and it was a 1-1 draw but they could have won that game. There was a spell in our game where we absolutely tore them apart for about 25 minutes which was great to see.”

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