Newspaper article The Canadian Press

TFC Manager Nelsen Annoyed That Canada Callups Will Leave His Team Short-Handed

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

TFC Manager Nelsen Annoyed That Canada Callups Will Leave His Team Short-Handed

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TFC irked by callups to Canada's team


TORONTO - With four players set to depart on international duty next week, Toronto FC is providing the biggest one-team contribution to Canada's participation in next month's Gold Cup tournament

It's not a distinction head coach Ryan Nelsen is particularly happy with.

TFC hosts Real Salt Lake, the top team in the Western Conference at BMO Field on Saturday before welcoming the Montreal Impact, the best team in the Eastern Conference, on Wednesday.

But after Saturday's game, defenders Doneil Henry and Ashtone Morgan and midfielders Kyle Bekker, and Jonathan Osorio head to California to prepare for Canada's first game of the Gold Cup that doesn't take place until next Friday.

While the international callups aren't breaking any rules, the TFC staff was hoping that the Canadian Soccer Association was a little bit more flexible with the timeframe of the players' departure.

"Thanks to the Canadian team they've taken four of our players and a coach as well without even a thank you," said a frustrated Nelsen after the team trained on Friday. "Other teams are complaining that they're releasing one player but we've got four so unfortunately it's the problem we're in."

TFC head scout Pat Onstad is already in California helping the Canadian team. A Toronto FC official confirmed that the CSA asked if Onstad could help.

The four players won't leave until Tuesday to link up with the Canadian team. But with the game in Montreal taking place 24 hours later, TFC was just hoping for a little more give-and-take from the CSA, who they feel could be a bit more accommodating.

Nelsen said he had hoped they could have kept any two players for the Montreal game, but to this point they haven't been able to reach anyone from the CSA.

"What's frustrating is we let Canada soccer use our facilities, we give them a coach, we try to develop as many young players as we can," said Nelsen. "All we're asking for is one day that we can keep a couple of them but unfortunately it's one-way traffic. We'll have to live with that. That's life, I suppose."

Osorio, who's been one of few TFC bright spots this season, earned his first cap in May when Canada lost 1-0 in a friendly to Costa Rica in Edmonton. …

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