Shaky start to season for Nelsen's team

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 15:26 03/03/2013

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Ryan Nelsen's coaching debut has ended in defeat.

The former All Whites captain is now in charge of Toronto FC but the MLS strugglers opened their season in familiar fashion, losing 1-0 away to Vancouver Whitecaps today.

Gershon Koffie scored Vancouver's goal in the 59th minute, finishing a well worked move with a hard, low, right footed strike from the edge of the box.

Vancouver were a playoff side last year, while Toronto were wooden spooners.

The 35-year-old Nelsen hung up his boots little over a month ago at Queens Park Rangers before joining Toronto on February 1.

Toronto's winless streak is now 15 games and, speaking before today's match, Nelsen hinted at further shaking up an already re-worked roster.

"Is the team going to be the same March 2 as it is May 2? I think it might change a bit," Nelsen said.

Toronto were competitive despite the defeat, having 50 per cent possession and attempting nine shots on goal to Vancouver's 13.

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