Carver fed up with loaning players

DEAN MCNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

Toronto FC coach John Carver has drawn a line on the pitch on loaning his players out for national team commitments.

Carver was livid yesterday looking at a lineup that has been depleted by callups to the U.S., Canadian, Honduran, Welsh and Puerto Rican national teams for mostly exhibition games.

His top two Canadians, defender Jim Brennan and goalkeeper Greg Sutton, his best American, Maurice Edu, and Puerto Rico's Marco Velez have been called up recently, and all have seen only limited national team duty, something that angers Carver.

"We have got to know that when these lads are called up that they are going to play," he said. "Or at least know what sort of training they will be doing while away from (TFC)."

Carver complained that some players are not coming back from these commitments in the same shape they left.

"If (national coaches) are not going to use players, then don't call them up," he said.

Carver was particularly upset that Edu was put into the U.S. game against Argentina this past weekend for just 29 minutes -- thus missing a TFC league game.

"(Brian) Ching, was allowed to return (from the U.S.team) to Houston Dynamo to play in the 3-1 win against us, where he scored a pair of goals," he said.

"Here we are trying to bring in young players (like Edu), to develop those players so they can be good international players. Nothing would give me more pleasure than to do that. But I've got to think twice about it now."

As a result Carver said he no longer will Mr. Nice Guy when national team coaches come calling.

"I am telling you right now if it's not an international FIFA date where you have to let (players) go, they are not going," he said.

"And I don't care (what country they are) or who they are playing.

"I am going to make a stand. I have given and given but this has hit Toronto more than anyone else."

Meanwhile Carver has re-signed Canadian midfielder-defender Tyler Hemming to an MLS contract.

Hemming, a native of London, was placed on waivers earlier this year to take at stab at playing in Europe for the Swedish side, Hammarby. When that didn't work out Carver came calling.

"I like Tyler; I liked what he was doing (on the team), but he is still a developing player," he said. "When we had a roster opening (after trading Pat Phelan to New England) he was the first player I called."


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