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Bob Bradley praises Richie Laryea's 'mentality' after successful return to Toronto FC

Chris Smith
Laryea is already back into the swing of life with TFC.
Laryea is already back into the swing of life with TFC. / Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

It's only just over eight months since he left for Nottingham Forest, but Richie Laryea is back in a Toronto FC shirt and playing like he's never been away.

The Canada international played 64 minutes on his return to the Reds, providing the assist for Jonathan Osorio's goal to put TFC 2-1 up in an eventual 4-3 victory away at Nashville SC, while making five recoveries and winning six of his nine ground duels.

TFC head coach Bob Bradley is certainly happy to have a player of Laryea's quality in his line-up and was full of praise for the right-back in the wake of the vital victory at GEODIS Park.

“Richie brings different qualities on the right side,” he said. “His ability to get forward; he’s a good dribbler and the fact that he's played with these guys – the things we've tried to work on this year, it all makes sense for him. It's not difficult for him to come right in and show that he's got qualities that really make a difference and help us.

“His mentality to get here quickly and get on the field was really important. You could just tell how excited he was. Travel, a little bit of training, and ready to go.”

The process of getting Layrea straight into the line-up was anything but simple. The 27-year-old sat through a seven-hour flight last Thursday before going straight into training the following day, then undertaking another flight to Nashville for Saturday's match.

That's an exhausting regime, but Laryea has no complaints, just happy to be wearing the red of Toronto once again.

“I got on a seven-hour flight back to Toronto, landed late, went to train the next day, flew here, and then played. It's been nonstop, but it's good,” said Laryea. “I got to play a game today, got some minutes under my belt. Yeah, a little bit of a hectic 72 hours, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.”

Saturday's win leaves Toronto 13th in the Eastern Conference but just four points adrift of the MLS Cup Playoffs spots with 10 regular-season matches still to play. Up next for the Reds is a home tie against the Portland Timbers on Saturday.

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