Toronto FC confident quality will shine through vs. RSL: "That's why we’re here – to win these games"

TORONTO – Jermain Defoe is scoring goals, Michael Bradley is bossing the midfield, but one other name grabbing the attention of the fans is Spanish winger Álvaro Rey.

Against D.C. United, Rey enjoyed a solid – if not quiet – performance that resulted in a few dangerous chances. Rey spoke with through an interpreter on, following his side’s 1-0 win against D.C. United.

“It was a tough game,” Rey said. “It wasn’t easy since D.C. lost their first game and the turf was not in a good condition. It was important for us to add a victory in front of our fans. Thank God we won and we reached our goal. We’re really happy.”

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The former Xérez player joined Toronto FC in the middle of last season and has impressed in his two appearances on the left for the club so far this season. In a team with plenty of new faces, Rey is still integrating into the core of the team, but he's certainly impressed with his new teammate’s technical qualities on the field.

They'll need to draw on all those abilities when they face Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday (9:30 pm ET, TSN2/MLS Live), a “difficult game" according to Rey.

“I’ve said this before as well in other interviews that the players that came in are really great players,” Rey said. “All the new players that came in are great players, high-quality guys who are a big help to us. Some of them, they know our league already, like Jackson, Bradley and Justin Morrow, who have already played in MLS.

“Of course, Defoe, in this case, with his three goals, is helping the team a lot. Júlio César is helping us a lot as well. Everyone, everyone on the team is helping with our effort.”

It may be easy to forget that 2013 was another forgetable year for TFC, one that Rey experienced up close, but that doesn't mean the undefeated start has taken the La Liga vet by surprise.

“Well, this is football, no?” Rey explained. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But, now, we’ve got a more competitive team. We played the two games well and I think we deserved the wins. It doesn’t surprise me because we’ve been training so hard to win games. That’s why we’re here – to win these games and bring happiness to our fans.”

It’s those fans who motivate Rey.

“Oh, incredible,” Rey said, of the 22,500-plus fans at BMO Field for the home opener. “We didn’t expect that that many people would come to the stadium. We’re happy, and we’re glad we won. We dedicated that win to the fans and we hope that, at every game at BMO Field, they’ll continue to support us.”

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