Mista Looks To Get Fit

Toronto FC’s new Spanish striker Mista hopes to use the next few days of training to get up to full fitness. The 31-year-old two-time La Liga winner cannot make his debut for the Reds until after July 15th, but is pleased to have time to get to know his new teammates.

“I want to be playing as soon as I can,” he said after the team wrapped up Wednesday’s training session at BMO Field. “In Spain the season has been finished for over a month so I am now using this time to get my legs back and training very hard. When the coach feels like I am ready I hope I will be able to help the team get some good results.”

[inline_node:4159]Mista spent time training with the team in early June before a move was finalized and he believes that was beneficial for everyone involved. “It was good for me to get to know the city and the club, and for the team to see what I could offer as well.”

Coach Preki is looking forward to getting Mista into match action, but first wants to ensure he is ready to play. “We are taking a look at him and making sure that he is fit,” explained Preki. “Hopefully over the next few days we can advance him in terms of fitness and getting to know how the group wants to play.”

Dwayne De Rosario did not take full part in training on Tuesday due to adductor tightness but the captain is rated as probable in the latest official MLS Injury Report.

Toronto will train again in Oakville on Thursday as they get ready to face Colorado Rapids on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at BMO Field.