Pressure is on TFC's Ryan Nelsen

TFC coach Ryan Nelsen listens at the announcement of the new TFC GM. Toronto FC names Tim...

TFC coach Ryan Nelsen listens at the announcement of the new TFC GM. Toronto FC names Tim Bezbatchenko the new General Manager of the soccer team, in Toronto, Ont. on Friday September 20, 2013. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

Toronto FC bench boss Ryan Nelsen is looking a little grayer between the ears.

To be fair, most of us are, the curse of witnessing one of the great rises and falls in North American sports history over the past seven Major League Soccer seasons.

This time last year, Nelsen was criss-crossing the Atlantic, competing in the Premier League while TFC’s top suit, general manager Kevin Payne, was pulling the strings in preparation for the New Zealander’s arrival.

Nelsen came and did what he could with a pre-season roster that would have struggled to win an NCAA title.

Looking back, the entire premise of 2013 was to rid the club of bad contracts in preparation for the transformation we’re witnessing now — the additions of Justin Morrow, Dwayne De Rosario, Gilberto and Jackson, with more to come.

Frankly, the only questionable thing MLSE head honcho Tim Leiweke and Co. have done this season is leave Nelsen in charge.


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