Nelsen oversees first Toronto training session
Ryan Nelsen has taken his first training session as head coach of Toronto FC who are in Orlando, Florida, preparing for a pre-season tournament. The former New Zealand international told the Toronto club's website there "was a lot of work to do" ahead of the first round of the MLS, in which Toronto will play fellow Canadian side Vancouver on March 2.
"You want to make as many mistakes as possible in games like this so when it really matters, hopefully they've learned from them," he said ahead of the tournament, which will see Toronto play four matches in about two weeks.
When quizzed about what style or brand of football he would bring to the club, Nelsen said: "We'd be here for days or weeks. It takes a whole pre-season to organise it."
He then elaborated. "We've got to defend to attack. Even when we don't have the ball, we want to try to score goals. When we do have the ball we'll be creative, using our strengths and weaknesses.
"It's about a number of things. As I said it takes a long, long time to get well-oiled."