The New Zealander showed, against the Philadelphia Union, that he has both the pace and the physical prowess to cause problems for defenders. He came off the bench, replacing Robert Earnshaw up top, and made his presence felt immediately, serving up a pinpoint cross to Jonathan Osorio, who scored Toronto’s only goal in the game.
"Obviously it was nice to come on and contribute to the team" said Brockie, when asked about the game and its result. "First couple of games is just getting to know the boys, and full credit to Oso, he had a brilliant game and deserved his goal. A lot of people, when you're down to 10 men, wouldn't make that run in the box and he showed a lot of energy and fought to get there. It was well deserved."
His strength and height gave Toronto FC another dimension in attack, and it was these assets that allowed for more hold-up play up top. This added dimension arguably led to the goal, but Brockie acknowledged the team's entire effort.
"I think, over the 90 minutes, we were by far the best team" said Brockie."When we're on top of them that first 20 minutes, that's probably when we need to score a goal and to get that one and maybe two or three follow it. It's something we can work on, when we're dominating like that."
Toronto's dominant performance in the first half saw the club maintain the lion's share of possession and chances created. Toronto out-passed, outran and outshot Philadelphia in the first 45 minutes, before Doneil Henry picked up a second yellow card.
"When we went down to 10 men, we were still the better team" said Brockie, when asked about the change in team mentality after being a man down. "Normally, you go down to 10 men, you stand off a little bit, but we had more chances than them and deserved the full three points today."
Brockie, having been subbed in, made way for another player half an hour later – Danny Koevermans. The Dutch striker, who had scored 17 goals in 26 games before tearing his ACL, returned to action and fitness and Nelsen saw the final few minutes of the game as a chance to give Koevermans his second debut.
"It was a technical decision, Ryan and the coaching staff talked to me about that"said Brockie. "It's good to have Koevs back in the squad, he's a big lift to this team and we'll be happy to have him back!"
For a team going through loan players, Brockie's time at Toronto FC may not be long, but if his performances for the club remain consistent, Brockie may see more and more time for Toronto FC. He's well-liked at Wellington Phoenix, and he'll certainly be recalled from his loan deal come season's start, but with Earnshaw struggling to find the back of the net and Koevermans just returning, Brockie could be a player Nelsen can call upon consistently in the coming weeks.
If he serves up crosses that result in goals, he'll head back to Australia's A-League with a fond group of fans in North America, too.