Ryan Nelsen has slowly begun to settle down at Toronto FC. The former New Zealand international was appointed as the head coach of Toronto FC in January this year. The club officials had huge expectations from him, but, Nelsen couldn’t live up to those expectations in the first few matches.
Toronto FC managed to secure just one victory in its first 12 MLS matches this season. Nelsen had to face a lot of criticism for that and there were talks about his sacking.
But, in the last 3 weeks or so, Toronto FC has shown improvement in its performance. The team has secured 5 points in the last 3 games with a win over DC United and has moved up one position in the Eastern Conference Points table. They are still at no. 9 though.
When asked about his team’s performance in the season so far, Nelsen said, “We were not up to the mark in the first few games, but, in the last couple of weeks, we have had some positive results and that has raised the confidence level of the team.”
“I don’t think we have played that badly. If you see the results, we have lost most of the matches just by one goal. No team has really been able to thrash us, but, it’s the points which matter and we haven’t got enough of them.”
Nelsen also admitted that the arrival of Steven Caldwell from Birmingham City on loan has strengthened the defense of his team.
Nelsen said, “Steven is highly experienced and his arrival has certainly made our defense strong. He has so far shown good form and we are hoping that he will continue in the same manner in the rest of the season as well.”