Why Toronto FC Will Finally Be In The Playoff Picture In 2014

By Aydin Reyhan
Toronto FC
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There is a team in the Eastern Conference of the MLS  that has a decent name and is finally building a decent squad — Toronto FC.

The team obviously plays in Canada and has money, and they just gave us two reasons why they mean business by transferring in two of Europe’s talented players who are in their prime, Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe.

Bradley played in the Italian Serie A for AS Roma where he was a starter a season ago, but has fallen out of favor during this campaign due to a slight lack of form and a more gifted and intelligent player in that position, Kevin Strootman. However, this does not mean that Bradley, a US international midfielder, is not capable of playing for some of the best clubs around the world. But it also doesn’t mean that he will make big money almost anywhere. Therefore, the MLS was the perfect solution for him.

Defoe is a man who made a name for himself at Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League by scoring goals galore and representing his nation on many successful occasions. Joining the MLS was due to the desire for a new adventure and, of course, for the big money. He has proven himself in what is arguably the best league in the world, so he is now ready for a slightly easier challenge a the age of 31 to potentially finish off the remaining few years of his career.

Toronto FC is a club that has been overshadowed by the league’s premier clubs, such as the New York Red Bulls, Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake and, of course, the reigning champions, Sporting KC. Now, with two players of the highest caliber joining their ranks, they are ready to be led by not one, but two leaders who have played against much better competition all around Europe. They will know how to dissect defenses and how to improve the quality of their team in the offensive third of the field. Both have played as captains in the past, so they know how to step up in the right way.

With that said, this is a club that has to be watched by MLS fans if they want to see the rise of a new era in American soccer. Bradley, as previously stated, is still only 26, which means that he truly does have a lot to offer. Defoe is five years his senior, but can still run like the wind and scare goal keepers on any given day or night.

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