TORONTO - Terry Dunfield's Toronto FC debut will have to wait.
Torsten Frings, Danny Koevermans and fellow newcomers Ryan Johnson and Andy Iro will suit up for the club for the first time on Wednesday, but Dunfield has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Though disappointed Saturday would be the earliest he could play for the Reds, the Vancouver native expressed his happiness with joining the club via trade.
"If I could have chosen to go anywhere, I would have picked here," Dunfield said, adding he thinks the club is on the right track.
"I don't think we're a million miles away, a couple of results and this city can be rocking."
Dunfield scored for Canada at BMO Field in a recent friendly and celebrated wildly with the fans.
He is hoping for more of the same.
"It was an incredible moment and I can't wait to throw a TFC jersey on and show what I can do," he said.
TFC has been criticized for a lack of toughness over the years and the hard-nosed Dunfield is eager to do his part to change that rap, along with Frings, who shares his reputation.
"That sort of steel or passion, enthusiasm I play with can be infectious as well and hopefully that will run through the team," Dunfield said.
Dunfield also hopes to play alongside Julian de Guzman, as he did at the Gold Cup.
"We both played together at the same time so I'm sure (Canadian coach Stephen) Hart will be happy to see us out at the same time.
"I think that can be good for Canadian soccer and also for the younger lads who are coming through to see a couple of Canadian internationals here."