Carl Robinson has had as much a role in improving Toronto FC in its second season as anyone, from the coach on down. The Wales international has been a stalwart for the Reds, making 52 starts, with three goals and five assists, since the start of the 2007 season.
But now, after another disappointing playoff-less year at BMO Field, the 32-year-old is unsure what the future will hold. Following TFC's season finale against the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday afternoon, Robinson plans to assess his situation.
"At the end of the season I'm going to sit down with [my family] and speak to them, and see what they want to do and just weigh up my options," Robinson told CBC Sports' Web site. "There are options out there, like there are for most players, it's a big decision I have."
Robinson refused to mention any specific options, other than to say there have been some inquires from England. Considering he has recently become a regular starter with Wales, this is unsurprising. And it would mark a kind of homecoming. Before joining MLS, the native Llandrindod Wells native bounced around the English leagues, spending time with Wolves, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Norwich, among others.
But he has enjoyed his time in Toronto, even if the team's performance has been frustrating at intervals.
"I love this place," he said. "If you watch me play, you'll see that I play with a smile on my face. I enjoy it here, my family loves it here, but I have to do what's right for my family. It's not just about an individual decision or selfish decision from me -- it's a family decision." --