While Kevin Payne and Tim Leiweke plot the big picture around Toronto FC, and while Ryan Nelsen arranges the temporary fixes at BMO Field through shorter-term reinforcements, a really wonderful development is playing out quietly for the club around Exhibition Place.
Danny Koevermans is getting healthy.
The DP Dutch striker appeared in a TFC reserve game late last night, following the club’s first-team match at BMO Field.
Koevermans, 32, last performed for Toronto in July of 2012, when he suffered a season-ending ACL tear, effectively wiping out any chance of a big, late-season run for Toronto.
Reports were quite positive on Koevermans’ appearance in a 3-1 reserve team win over the backups for Columbus. TFC assistant Fran O’Leary, who oversees the reserves, said Koevermans is quite fit at this point, all things considered, and that he expects integration back into the first team soon.
Danny has looked good in training and is, perhaps, still two to three weeks away. I think realistically we would like to get him in the next couple of weeks onto the bench and to put him on in late-game situations.”
That is absolutely fantastic news for fans around BMO. Koevermans’ strike rate during his relatively brief MLS window (back half of 2011 and front half of 2012) has been sensational: 17 goals in 26 matches.
A forward line of Koevermans and Welsh surprise Robert Earnshaw? Yeah, that looks pretty good.
Now, about that defense and midfield around BMO …