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Toshack impressed by ‘keepers
February 27, 2009, 8:28 AM
Filed under: Brian Edwards, Greg Sutton, Mike Toshack, Stefan Frei, Toronto FC

Toronto FC’s new goalkeeper coach Mike Toshack has been impressed by the standard of the three ‘keepers he is working with. The Reds squad currently includes the experienced Greg Sutton, Brian Edwards and SuperDraft pick Stefan Frei.

“It’s been great working with them,” said Toshack. “The level that we’re working at is very high and very competitive. The players are very much aware that there is competition between three quality guys. It is a great situation to have because the competition makes everyone better individually and also makes the team better.”

With the three goalkeepers at different stages of their careers, Toshack believes they all bring different attributes to the squad. “Greg Sutton is such a good athlete and has represented his country over a number of years and has done very well. The accolades for Stefan Frei are justified. He is a good young talent and has all of the physical qualities as well as the mental qualities that are needed to play in front of 20 thousand people each week. In a short period of time he has done very well and is picking up new things very quickly,” explained Toshack. “For Brian Edwards to come out of the NCAA and start the season in goal says a lot about him. I remember being in Houston last year and seeing games and thinking that he was a good young goalkeeper that looks comfortable. We are extremely lucky with the goalkeepers that we have.”

Toshack has previously worked for Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact and returned home to Canada to join Toronto after three years with Houston Dynamo. “It is fantastic here and more than I could have hoped for,” he said. “The coaching staff is made up of very committed people with great personalities so it is very easy to work with them. Everything is in place to achieve success here and you get a real feeling that something good is about to happen.”

Mike Toshack interview on Toronto FC TV

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