Mirror-Guardian: Captaincy Coincides with Success

Team captaincy coincides with soccer success
Toronto Lynx

Sam Laskaris, Guardian Sports
Jul. 14, 2002

Theo Zagar isn't taking any credit but there's no denying the fact the Etobicoke-based Toronto Lynx have started getting better results since he was appointed captain of the men's professional soccer team.

Zagar, a 27-year-old goaltender, is in his fifth season with the Lynx, who compete in the pro A-League circuit.

The Lynx struggled early on this season. The club had posted a dismal 1-7-1 record when then captain Marco Reda was whisked away by a pro team in Norway.

After Reda's departure, Zagar was named captain. The Lynx haven't lost since and have registered a 3-1-2 mark in the process.

"You can say it's just a coincidence," Zagar said prior to a recent 3-2 loss versus the Cincinnati Riverhawks - his only loss since being appointed field leader. "I was just fortunate to be named the captain and then we started winning."

Zagar believes one of the reasons for his team's recent winning ways is because it has been playing at home. All six matches in the Lynx undefeated streak have been at home.

The Toronto club had played its first eight contests this year on the road.

Etobicoke's Centennial Stadium is the actual home stadium for the Lynx this season but the club has been forced to play out its July home schedule at York University as a result of the strike by Toronto's outside workers.

The workers are back on the job after the province legislated them back to work Thursday. The Lynx will return to Centennial Stadium Aug. 18 when they face the Montreal Impact at 6 p.m.


For Zagar, this isn't the first time he has been the captain of one of his teams. He had previously captained the University of Toronto Varsity Blues during his final two collegiate seasons. He had also been the captain of his high school club, East York Collegiate, for two years.

Zagar, who had been selected as the Lynx MVP during the 2000 season, is pleased that both players and coaches had a say in the selection of the new team captain.

"It's a good thing when you've got the players' respect," he said. "It's quite an honor both (the coaching staff and players) chose me."

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