Put me in coach, please

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:16 AM ET

Toronto FC's on-field success means players off the pitch must be getting antsy about watching.

It appears Rohan Ricketts is in that group after reports of a Twitter posting expressing his desire to get off the bench, lest he grow stale. His playing time has decreased since Chris Cummins became head coach last month.

"What's Twitter?," Cummins asked playfully yesterday. "Whatever was on there, I don't read it anyway. I had never heard of it until I came in this morning.

"I've spoken to Ricky and it's like any other player who is on the bench. It's up to them to fight their way back on to the team. The problem Ricky has got and others have is that the team is doing very well at the moment. The 11 out there are playing well.

"Also, we play a 4-3-3 and I like to go with the three strikers. Wherever he plays, as one of three strikers or three midfielders, he has to dislodge the lads in there.

"You look at (midfield), Amado Guevara scoring two on the weekend, Sammy Cronin's having a great season and Carl Robinson does a great job in the middle of the park.

"So he's having to wait and bide his time. But what I've got to say is that (Ricketts) is working hard, keeping his head down and he's trying to fight his way back on the team."

Dero's dynamo return

The excitement is building for TFC's Dwayne De Rosario, who returns to Houston this Saturday for the first time since being dealt back to his Scarborough roots in December.

And he goes back to face the Dynamo with TFC owning a piece of second place in MLS's Eastern Division, with the trip home so far being everything he hoped it would be. If he scores on Saturday at Robertson Stadium, he promised to limit his signature celebration to "one shake and a bake" so as not to showboat.

"I obviously have a lot of respect for their team, I've had a lot of success there and I have a lot of fans and good friends," De Rosario said. "But at the end of the day, I play for Toronto FC. I'm going there to get a win and nothing less.

"Historically, Houston starts the season slow, but they're coming on now. We have to be mindful of the first 20 minutes when they'll try and dictate (an offensive) pace to us. There are pros and cons. I know what they're going to do and they know what I will do."

De Rosario already has offered his scouting services to Cummins.

"He has said to me, let's have a chat about their players," Cummins said with a laugh "and I will sit down with him and get some feedback. Any player wants to do well against his old team."

Guevara packing up

Guevara will have just a brief time to savour his MLS player of the week honour, the first such award in the club's three-year history, before TFC leaves for Houston. Afterwards, he'll join the Honduran World Cup team for two qualifying games, one of them versus teammate Marvell Wynne of the U.S.

"It's always mixed feelings," Guevara said through an interpreter. "You're happy to play for the national team, sad to be leaving (TFC). Marvell feels the same way. But we know with the coaching staff, the depth and the players we have with the team it's in good hands to get the results we need."


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