TFC caretaker coach Paul Mariner snapped up O'Dea last month.
"I just think it's something that comes naturally to me," O'Dea told mlssoccer.com. "I've captained most teams I've played in and maybe something the team has lacked is a little bit of leadership. Hopefully, I can bring that. There's plenty of talent here, you can see that straightaway."
Mariner is happy to have him.
"He's the leader that we need," the TFC boss said. "As soon as we blew the whistle to start practice, you could hear his booming voice, and that's exactly what we need."