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Toronto FC Coach Ryan Nelson Has Options at Striker

Published On July 1, 2013 | By Daily Fantasy Source | Fantasy Soccer News, Soccer

After relying heavily on 32-year-old striker Robert Earnshaw for much of the current campaign, it appears that Toronto FC coach Ryan Nelson will have a few more options up top for the remainder of the season. Dutch designated player Danny Koevermans has returned from an ACL injury that he suffered last summer, and Nelson has brought in fellow New Zealander Jeremy Brockie to bolster his frontline options. “It’s just different combinations,” Nelsen said “They all have a different skillset and a different mindset. It’s just about balancing them out. I thought both Jeremy and Danny were really good when they came on and brought a different dimension to the game in Houston [last weekend].”

Though Brockie does not expect to stay with Toronto long-term, he stated his excitement over his potential striker partners: “Earnie is a very clever striker and he makes very good runs,” Brockie said. “Koevs is a big target man who holds the ball up and is strong and nice to work off. I’m enjoying my experience working with those two players and I’m learning a lot from them. The more I play and train with them the better the partnerships will get. Whether I start a game or come off the bench, I’m going to give 100 percent and get the results that we need for the team.”

Despite the new additions, Earnshaw still wants to have the same sort of role he had for much of the season: “Obviously we want all the guys fit and we want to have good options within the team and all of the guys fighting for places. For me, I hate not playing and I hate coming off in matches. It doesn’t matter if I’m getting a cramp, I want to carry on and take a little minute and then get going again. I want to play as much as possible, but it’s great that we have a good team and a big squad now.”

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