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Nelsen thrilled as Toronto FC produce season-first shutout

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen was pleased to see his side produce their first clean sheet of the season on the weekebd.

The Canadian club came up with their first MLS shutout for season 2013 when they forced Houston Dynamo into a 0-0 draw at the BBVA Compass Stadium and Nelsen felt that TFC's improvement was continuing at a slow but sure rate.

"In June, July and August their record is absolutely ridiculous and [Houston] is such a hard place to play at this time of year," Nelsen told MLSsoccer.com.

"All 14 of our players had to stand up and show a lot of mental strength and character. Obviously, physically they had to absorb pretty hostile conditions and they all did that. I am extremely proud of them."

Toronto have taken five points from their past three outings and Nelsen feels that all the hard work is beginning to pay off.

"I think with our performances over the course of the season we should have had four or five clean sheets by now," Nelsen added.

"I think we have been putting in pretty good defensive performances and nobody has really run over the top of us in any game. However, those performances have to result in points and we have to turn them into product.

"I think the guys can really grow from this result. They have always had belief, but it is good that their belief and their performances are now turning into points."

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