Toronto FC’s Alejandro Pozuelo declares ‘everything’s perfect’ at camp

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Toronto FC attacking whiz Alejandro Pozuelo did not mince words on Friday when asked how he feels – physically and mentally – heading into the 2022 Major League Soccer season.

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“Everything’s perfect,” Pozuelo told the Toronto Sun over the phone from the club’s pre-season base in Carson, Calif.

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Pozuelo, the 2020 MLS MVP, is coming off a very rough 2021 season, both on and off the pitch, having had to deal with a series of injuries as well as a breakup with his wife, Beatriz. Putting a sour cherry on top of what was a miserable year for both himself and the club, Pozuelo was forced out of the last match of the 2021 season – the Canadian Championship final against CF Montreal on Nov. 21 – in the 15th minute because of a hamstring injury. The Reds lost the game to arch-rival Montreal 1-0.

It was a bitter pill for TFC and its fans. The Reds also failed to play the MLS playoffs.

Pozuelo finished the season with only one goal and four assists after recording nine goals and 10 assists in 2020.

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But now, after spending the off-season back home in Spain working with his personal trainer as well as a member of the TFC health and fitness department, Pozuelo said he is raring to go – starting with TFC’s first exhibition match of the year this Saturday against the LA Galaxy at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.

“When I came back here, I started training the first day and I started training normally,” he said. ‚ÄúThis is amazing.

“We’ve only had seven training sessions, but the team looks good,” Pozuelo continued. “And we have four weeks before the first (regular-season) game (Feb.26 at Dallas) and we will be ready.”

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