Starting point: Taurean Manders said: “I’m focusing on getting better every day.” *File photo by Ras Mykkal
Starting point: Taurean Manders said: “I’m focusing on getting better every day.” *File photo by Ras Mykkal

Taurean Manders is confident league newcomers Capital City FC can be a reckoning force in the Canadian Soccer League.

The 23-year-old Bermuda international made history last Friday when he played the entire 90 minutes of City’s inaugural CSL match just days after signing a one-year deal with the Ontario-based club.

And even though City lost 2-0 to Toronto Croatia before the home crowd at Terry Fox Athletic Facility, Manders put a positive spin on his team’s CSL baptism of fire.

He said: “I thought we did pretty well. We were actually on top of them for the first 20 minutes but after they scored their first goal it became an uphill climb.

“It was disappointing to lose because we felt we could’ve beaten that team. But at this level you make two mistakes and your opponents will score. They did the simple things easier and that’s pretty much what killed us.”

Consolation

If it was any consolation, Manders received praise from his coach after putting in a solid display at right back.

“The coach told me that I was one of the better performers on the day,” the Iona College graduate added.

But as inspiring as Harris’ post-game comments may have been, Manders believes there’s still room for improvement.

He said: “I’m just focusing on getting better each day in training. I keep telling myself that I still have a lot of work to do.

“It doesn’t end right here and things will get harder, which is what I figured out on Friday.

“I have to get used to going forward a lot more than what I’m used to. You pretty much have to have the mindset of going forward pretty much every time.

“I also have to do the simple things much faster because these guys out here do them so easy and fast it’s just so natural.”

Manders said he wasn’t surprised to be included in Harris’s starting eleven against Toronto Croatia, who have been linked with a match-fixing scandal.

“In the lead-up to the game the coach told me that he was looking forward to me coming in and making an immediate impact with the team.

“He wanted me to do what was asked of me and I fared pretty well and lasted the entire 90 minutes.”