Jermain Defoe scores twice in MLS debut as Toronto FC beats Seattle 2-1
Tim Booth, The Associated Press
Published Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:53PM EDT
SEATTLE -- Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored twice in the first half of his Major League Soccer debut, and new-look Toronto FC held off the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Saturday.
Defoe's debut upstaged the return of U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley to MLS in his first game for Toronto. Defoe and Bradley were the centerpieces of a major off-season makeover by Toronto that also included the acquisition of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar on loan.
All three made their season debuts against Seattle after Toronto had a bye in the first week of the season. Defoe had the most influence, giving Toronto the lead in the 17th minute, then adding a second seven minutes later off a Seattle turnover.
Clint Dempsey scored in the 68th minute for Seattle.