Toronto FC winger Johann Smith is hoping to make his home debut against New England Revolution at BMO Field on Saturday night (kick off 7:30 p.m. live on Rogers Sportsnet). Smith made his debut as a substitute in the defeat at New York Red Bulls last week.
The 21 year old joined Toronto FC after spending the bulk of his time with Bolton Wanderers Academy in England. He made his Wanderers debut in Bolton's Carling Cup defeat at Charlton Athletic in October of 2006 when he came on as a second half substitute.
Smith has enjoyed his first week in Toronto. "It's a good place and I really like the City. I'm really happy I came here because I think it's the right place for me. There are British staff here so I feel at home because I was playing in England for three years. The manager is a good guy and I feel comfortable here."
"I wouldn't mind being here for a while," said Smith. "Hopefully my career kicks off from here with Toronto FC and MLS. It's a great environment here and everyone gets along really well. I'm not looking too far into the future because I don't want to get ahead of myself. I just want to concentrate on where I am and do well for the team."
Smith is in the U.S. U-23 player pool. He was named to the FIFA U-20 World Cup squad last year, but was unable to play due to injury. "My pace and skill is the biggest part of my game and I try to use that to the best of my ability and get down the flanks and put crosses in," he said.