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Former Marseille midfielder Cheyrou picks out MLS peculiarities

Prior to his move to Toronto FC in January, Benoit Cheyrou had spent his entire professional career in his home country of France.

The 33-year old midfielder debuted for Lille back in 1999 before moving to Auxerre in 2004 and then onto Marseille in 2007 where he remained until the start of 2015.

Obviously, coming to a brand new league would be something completely different for Cheyrou who is still adjusting to life in Canada, highlighting the uniqueness of MLS with its all-out tempo and constant travel as a major variance of what he is used to.

"It's very different," Cheyrou said of MLS.

"Here, it's always 100 percent. In Europe, we have high-level tempo and slow-level tempo, and we have to improve that here to control the game.

"You cannot run 100-percent each game, so we have to manage it and to improve in this compartment of the game."

Cheyrou added: "It's also strange to have seven games on the road.

"But it's a big challenge for us, and we have no choice. We have to take points away to be confident for the first game in May at BMO Field.

"I can't wait to play in Toronto. I want to feel this experience with our fans in our stadium."

The Reds are four games into the 2015 MLS campaign and have thus far played every game on the road with three more away fixtures to come before their first home match against Houston Dynamo on May 10.

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