TFC's Nelsen decries GM, press ratcheting up pressure

Toronto manager Ryan Nelsen reacts to a call in the second half. Toronto FC lost 1-0 to the...

Toronto manager Ryan Nelsen reacts to a call in the second half. Toronto FC lost 1-0 to the Colorado Rapids in an MLS regular season soccer game at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. on Saturday April 12, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

“We need to win” was the headline in Saturday’s Toronto Sun.

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen likely took issue with it.

In fact, he bluntly addressed expectations being ratcheted up ahead of Saturday night’s 3-0 loss to New England.

“I’ve won this league,” Nelsen started. “I’ve played in a World Cup.

“One thing I know: This was not (a pressure) game.”

He said his general manger’s decision to speak publicly Friday afternoon “absolutely” didn’t help matters.

The club’s GM, Tim Bezbatchenko, took reporters aside Friday afternoon to publicly challenge his players to put in a performance Saturday night.

After back-to-back lackluster showings, his Reds needed more “urgency,” he calmly stated.

“The time for gelling is over,” Bezbatchenko added.


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