TFC to up Canuck content

Acting TFC coach Chris Cummins directs practice in the rain at BMO Field on Tuesday. (Sun...

Acting TFC coach Chris Cummins directs practice in the rain at BMO Field on Tuesday. (Sun Media/Michael Peake)

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:41 AM ET

The nation's only Major League Soccer team should get significantly more Canadian content on its revamped coaching staff.

Nick Dasovic is expected to get a bigger portfolio with Toronto FC in an announcement today, either as an equal or first assistant to Englishman Chris Cummins, who replaces John Carver.

Cummins and Dasovic ran the team the past few days, including Sunday's 1-0 win over Kansas City that put TFC in top spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Chris and I have been working together for a year now and we get along well," the Vancouver-born Dasovic said yesterday at BMO Field.

"Chris has stepped up, the wheels are turning, the boys are feeding off of it and we'll see how things work out."

Dasovic arrived last season with Carver and Cummins, having played with and coached the Canadian national team between several overseas adventures in Scotland, France and Sweden.

'WHERE YOU WANT TO BE'

"I prefer to be in club football," Dasovic said. "With the Canadian national program, you didn't really coach; it was more monitoring players' fitness with a three-month break. This is where you want to be, an environment where there's pressure on everybody. It keeps you (hungry)."

Dasovic and Cummins are trying to move forward from last week's strange episodes: The stressed-out Carver's fight with MLS officials coming to a head, his resignation and then a pair of stirring 1-0 home wins with him off the pitch.

Carver has told several media outlets that the final straw was MLS telling him to get back behind the bench after he tried to get out of harm's way Wednesday night by taking a press box seat.

"It's football," Dasovic said of the wacky week. "I think I've had 13 different managers in my career. You just get on with it."

Cummins continues to conduct himself like a head coach, but is not going to steal general manager Mo Johnston's thunder at today's press conference. The pair have all this week to get the team ready for Saturday's home game against Columbus.

"I enjoy my job, as Das does," Cummins said. "We'll have a meeting (today with Johnston) and see what happens."

The players continue to quietly lobby for one or both to stay put.

"I've known Das a long time and played with him on the national team," Canadian-born captain Jim Brennan said.

"As (teammate) Carl Robinson said, whoever gets the job, all the best to them, but they're both good. They have a great deal of respect from all the players which helps, because whoever does get it will have the dressing room's (attention) right away."

Brennan and Robinson have waited a long time to get the club on a roll.

"I think we showed that on Sunday in the huddle before the game," Robinson said. "It involved everyone from the physio guys, to the equipment men to the coaches. The (players) might have made a couple of mistakes on Sunday, but they were able to smile about it."


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