MLS: Jermain Defoe scores twice on his debut in Toronto FC win
Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored twice on his MLS debut as Toronto FC won 2-1 at the Seattle Sounders.
Last Updated: 16/03/14 11:10am
Defoe took Jonathan Osorio's through ball in his path and finished low past Stefan Frei to open his account after 17 minutes, then latched on to an errant pass from the Sounders' Marco Pappa to bag his second seven minutes later.
Clint Dempsey pulled one back for the hosts midway through the second half.
"To score two goals in your debut, it's a dream," Defoe said. "To come here and to win was massive for us. Everyone's delighted - it was an important three points.
"I said to Jonathan, I said to him, 'when I make the runs, just look for me,' and he said, 'yeah, I'll look for you straight away.' It was an unbelievable pass. I've always worked on those situations, one-on-one with the goalkeeper. You have to be clinical."
Coach Ryan Nelsen added: "That was Jermain Defoe. Let's just say I'm not surprised. When the ball falls in those situations, he puts them away. That's why we brought him in. I was hoping he'd get in those scenarios and he got in them."
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