TORONTO - Toronto FC didn’t have a hard time convincing Julian de Guzman going Dutch was the right call.
De Guzman said he grew up admiring the play of new technical director/head coach Aron Winter and is a big fan of the Dutch attacking style Winter intends to implement.
“(TFC has) tried out many coaches and this time they’ve hit the nail on the head,” de Guzman said.
“It makes me and the rest of the guys excited, it’s something I’ve been preaching. A (soccer) religion to believe in is something we’ve been missing since Day 1.”
De Guzman said he is recovering well from November knee surgery and expects to be 100% by the time training camp moves to Charleston, S.C. on March 2nd.
He said he did not realize the extent of the injury that nagged him throughout the fall, until he tore his meniscus completely in a late-season contest.
“In a way maybe this is a blessing in disguise where it’s a chance for me to strengthen my leg and come back stronger,” de Guzman said.
The midfielder added that he is excited to study under Winter, once an elite defensive midfielder for the Dutch - though Winter was much more of an offensive threat.
“I used to watch Aron growing up. He was a great player and had an amazing career.
“To have him as a coach to look up to pretty much as a teacher is a bonus in my career.”