Alejandro Pozuelo reveals injury as Toronto FC focus on wrestling again in 2021


Even in a condensed season, with heavy rotation as travel and game congestion forced MLS clubs to rely on the depth of their teams, Toronto FC talisman Alejandro Pozuelo started his club’s 25 games. in 2020.Pozuelo started the year on fire, but didn’t quite live up to his high standards at the end of the season and failed to make an impact when Toronto lost to Nashville SC in the first round of the 2020 Audi MLS Cup playoffs.

Finalist and favorite for Landon Donovan MLS MVP award revealed he was carrying an injury towards the end of the season.

“Physically I feel good, but in the last few games I have had a problem with my leg,” Pozuelo told the media at a virtual press conference. “The last two or three weeks I played from an injury but nobody knew because we tried to force. last month. That’s not an excuse. I play a lot of games because I want to play, I felt good enough to play. When I’m not feeling well, I say no. But I felt good (enough to play). ”

Pozuelo has only registered one goal and no assists in his last six games, including the playoff loss, after eight goals and 10 assists in the first 19 games of the season.

“The MVP (price) is not important to me,” said Pozuelo. “We lost in the first round, we don’t feel good. We know we could have done more, we have more expectations in this team. The MVP is not important, I don’t feel good when you lose in the first round.

Toronto continued through a tough season, most of which came away. With struggles between the US-Canada border with quarantine guidelines brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto has spent the second half of its season playing “home” in Connecticut. A number of players noted how difficult it was to be away from families, but didn’t want to blame that on their disappointment in the playoffs.

“This season has been difficult for everyone, but we have tried to do our job,” said defenseman Chris Mavinga. “It wasn’t easy but I think we did well. We didn’t do it in the playoffs, but we have to be proud of what we did in the regular season and then learn from it so that we can do better next season.

Toronto is now focused on the offseason and is making a strong comeback in 2021.

“I want to play for a good team, I want us to have as many good players as possible,” said midfielder Michael Bradley. “As many competitors as possible, a team that goes out on the pitch and goes there every weekend. That’s all I want. When you look at the club’s track record in the types of players and personalities they’ve brought in, overall it’s been pretty good. “


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