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There’s no cramping Barrett’s style of late
April 26, 2009, 1:40 PM
Filed under: Chad Barrett, Toronto FC

Chad Barrett has enjoyed the last two games more than most others.

It’s not just that the Toronto FC striker finally scored his first goal of the season in one game and was man-of-the-match in the other.

It’s that for the first time in a long time Barrett has played without getting cramps in the second half, allowing him to complete the full 90 minutes for the first time.

“I really couldn’t tell you what it was,” Barrett said as TFC prepared for tonight’s game against the Kansas City Wizards at BMO Field. “Whether I’m just living my life better now or taking better care of myself and getting more rest.

“I have no idea,” Barrett said of his new-found stamina. “But whatever I’m doing right now I’m just going to keep doing it because it’s keeping me on the field for 90 minutes.”

Barrett, who turns 24 next week, had great jump from the first whistle in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Chivas USA. Playing in a three-striker formation with veteran Danny Dichio and rookie Pablo Vitti, he pressured defenders, forced turnovers and created chances.

“Chad showed his true form,” said Dichio, who set-up Amado Guevara in the first half for the only goal.

“I think he’s had a lot of bad press lately from the fans and the media,” Dichio said of criticism Barrett faced through the first four games for no goals despite numerous chances. “For what he does for the team, he’s doing fantastically well.”

Barrett, who came over from Chicago in a trade last summer, had nine goals last season, tops on TFC. Two games ago, in Dallas, Barrett scored his first goal of the season and had minor cramps late in the game but stayed on. It was his first 90-minute outing in a TFC jersey.

In the Chivas game, Barrett said there were no cramps as he again played the full game.

“That was a really good sign,” he said.

Barrett said in addition to his late-game comfort on the field, he enjoyed playing up front with Dichio because his great size created a lot more space for both he and Vitti.

“He’s so big he occupies both centre backs,” Barrett said of the 6-foot, 3-inch, 208-pound Englishman. “Two guys need to work to win a header over him.”

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