April 12, 2011 MLS--Stevanovic & Gordon Rested (from TorontoFC.ca)

Stevanovic & Gordon Rested
Asif Hossain
April 12, 2011

Toronto FC trained at Cherry Beach on Tuesday morning ahead of Wednesday night’s encounter with visiting Los Angeles Galaxy at BMO Field (8 p.m. kickoff on GOL TV Canada).

Stevanovic & Gordon Rested

The Reds took precautionary measures resting winger Alen Stevanovic and forward Alan Gordon on Tuesday following Saturday’s physical 1-1 draw away to San Jose.

“It was a tough game Saturday,” said head coach and technical director Aron Winter. “Some of the guys needed more treatment.”

Winter expects the duo that was instrumental in Toronto’s attack on Saturday to be fit for Wednesday night.

Looking ahead to Los Angeles and beyond (Toronto starts a three-game home stand with D.C. and Columbus upcoming), Winter feels it’s important to pick up points at home regardless of the opponent.

He praised the Galaxy saying, “LA is a good team, they have very good players,” but ultimately “it’s very important that at home (Toronto) gets a good result. What I like is that my team is progressing every week.”

Much has been made of Wednesday being David Beckham’s first and depending on contract negotiations, potentially his final MLS regular season match at BMO Field. On the possibility of facing Beckham Winter applauded the player but ruled out any kind of special treatment for the former England captain.

“Everybody knows David Beckham. He is still one of the best players in the world.”

Undoubtedly, Toronto supporters won’t be quite as reserved or diplomatic in their handling of the Los Angeles midfielder at BMO Field.

Maicon Adjusting

Toronto FC captain on his new role as a playmaking midfielder:

“It’s kind of new for me. But I like the way we’ve been playing. I’m kind of a ‘number 10’ but I am also getting forward as well as playing behind so it’s good.”

Borman/Stevanovic Movement

Toronto FC fullback Danleigh Borman on his partnership with Alen Stevanovic on the left flank:

“It’s just simple football movements. If he goes inside, my job is to go outside, that’s what the coaches want. We worked a little bit at practice and it came off nicely in the game … with time it should get better, it’s still early days we’ve only played two games together.”

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