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Cummins pleased with players’ response
April 6, 2009, 4:20 PM
Filed under: Chris Cummins, Toronto FC

Toronto FC assistant coach Chris Cummins was happy with the players’ response in training at BMO Field Monday as preparations began for Saturday’s clash with FC Dallas.

Cummins expects the players to learn from the home opener loss to Seattle Sounders FC and now put it behind them.

“The mood was good,” he said. “We’re disappointed from the weekend because we wanted to put on a good performance and get a good result. What happened out there hurts us as much as it hurts the supporters but we can’t dwell on what happened and let it affect us during the week.”

“We’re aware of what happened and have talked about it, but you have to come in with a smile on your face and get on with preparing for the next game. We did some work out on the pitch today to get the legs moving again and we also analyzed the video to go over what we could have done better.”

Cummins led the training session on Monday as coach John Carver is currently away in Dallas with TFC Academy. The Academy’s Senior Team is playing in the prestigious youth tournament The Dallas Cup Super Group, and opened with a 1-1 tie against Tigres of Mexico on Sunday.

“We’re very interested in the talent coming through the Academy and it is great for the boys to see the first team coach taking an interest and travelling to watch them play,” explained Cummins. “We’re looking to build something here that will hopefully help this club for years to come. The way forward has to be with the Academy. The lads that came in to train with us in preseason did very well and we are keen to keep an eye on them. Hopefully we will get to see a few of them progress into the first team in years to come.”

Carver will return to BMO Field to take training on Thursday.

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