Toronto FC interim head coach Nick Dasovic was backed by two influential players on Day 1 of his new gig Tuesday.
Reds captain Dwayne De Rosario and designated player Julian de Guzman said they are looking forward to playing under their former Canadian international teammate.
“I think it’s a good day,” de Guzman said after Dasovic led his first training session.
“The guys feel new, you can see it on the pitch, they feel like they have something to offer.”
De Rosario believes Dasovics’ seasoning as both a player and assistant coach will help him step right in successfully.
“(Dasovics) has created a relationship with everybody as an assistant coach and understands the players differently than (a normal coach as a result),” De Rosario said.
“Nick was a hard-nosed player as a midfielder, he never backed down, he said he wants that (approach, along with) a little more enjoyment in the locker room.”
Dasovic came close to leading Canada’s under-23 squad to a berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics that few thought possible.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully we can pull another Salt Lake out of the bag, like they did last year,” Dasovics said, alluding to Real Salt Lake’s stunning championship run after becoming the last MLS club to earn a playoff spot.
TFC takes on RSL late Wednesday in Champions League play.