There's no doubt about the biggest moment of Gabe Gala's career so far. Scoring against Spanish giants Real Madrid in front of the Supporters' Section at BMO Field was a dream come true for the 20-year-old; but he is now focused on longer term success.
Gabe Gala looks to become a Reds regular in 2010. (Paul Giamou/Getty)
Gala has been given an extended run in the team during preseason, and the Brampton native is determined to take his chance. "With the new coach coming in, it is a fresh chance for me," he told Toronto FC TV.
After playing in five games in 2007, Gala has been restricted to just one league appearance in each of the following seasons, but he's hoping his performances in preseason will earn him some playing time when the new campaign gets underway. "The new coach is helping me and I am beginning to get more chances. Hopefully I can continue to play well and get more playing time this year. Preseason has been good so far. I have been able to show the coaches what I can do and I feel very fit and ready to go."
During preseason, Preki has been taking a look at Gala playing in a more advanced role in midfield and even as one of three strikers. "I have always been an offensive minded player even when I was playing in defence. One of my better qualities as a defender was my ability to get forward. Being pushed up into the midfield and striker now is more my kind of game and I can produce more from that part of the field."
"As a team we still have some stuff to work on, but it is just little things now. Personally I think the more games I play, the more I improve and adapt to the speed of the game and the skill level. We have a talented team and we have got to keep focused and keep our eyes on the goals we have set."
Gala was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in the team's 0-0 draw with Charleston Battery but will not be suspended for the second game of the Carolina Challenge Cup against D.C. United on Wednesday (kick off 7:15 p.m. live on Toronto FC TV).