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Toronto FC’s 5 Key Players to Their 2014 MLS Season

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5 Key Players For Toronto FC

Toronto FC 2014 MLS Season
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After having the most successful offseasons in recent memory and bringing several important players to the team, there’s no space for failure in Toronto FC this year.

The Canadian franchise hasn’t performed as expected in recent years, but the ownership decided to turn things around and signed several important players from Europe in order to add experience and talent to a roster that desperately needed it. They could be in line for a successful campaign, but in order for that to happen, some of the key players need to perform and make a difference for the squad.

Toronto improved their roster all over the pitch and now the Canadian side has a world-class keeper, talented midfielders and deadly strikers to rely upon. The defense is still a question mark, but the team appears to have enough talent to outscore their rivals on a weekly basis.

This upcoming list for Toronto includes what could be described as the perfect mixture of youth and experience. Players who signed with the team from abroad, others who will inject knowledge and wisdom into the roster and youngsters who seem ready to make an impact are all included and it seems like finally this could be Toronto’s year to make some noise at MLS level.

Eager to find out who these players are? Read on to find out who are the key players for Toronto FC looking toward the upcoming 2014 MLS season, a year where the Canadian team seems to be ready to make a deep run at the MLS Cup title.

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5. Bradley Orr

Toronto FC Bradley Orr
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The former Blackburn Rovers defender has enough experience in Europe to be a contributor in Toronto’s defensive line. The backline will be the team’s weak link and Orr’s presence should be enough to solidify things in the right flank.

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4. Dwayne De Rosario

Toronto FC Dwayne De Rosario
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A long-time MLS journeyman, Dwayne De Rosario is a talented attacking midfielder whose playing style could be very useful for the franchise. He’s the perfect player to link up things between defense and attack and he’s also experienced enough to be a force in the dressing room as there will be several players who will live their first experience in the MLS.

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3. Julio César

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The former Inter Milan star is coming off two non-productive years with QPR, but he is still the starting keeper of the Brazilian National Team, so he’s expected to shine at the MLS level. He’s talented enough to make an impact between the posts and Toronto FC will call him early and often to strengthen things up on the defensive side of the ball.

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2. Jermain Defoe

Toronto FC Jermain Defoe
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The former Tottenham Hotspur – and England – striker arrives at the MLS with rhythm after playing often for the Spurs this season and he will instantly become the team’s most dangerous player upfront. As such, he’s expected to carry an offense that was virtually non-existent last year in a role where his experience and talent will be key for the future of the franchise.

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1. Michael Bradley

Toronto FC Michael Bradley
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Coming from AS Roma to Toronto FC was not an easy decision for Michael Bradley, and he arrived to the Canadian franchise looking to become the heart and soul of the team. The fans and the management also expect him to fulfill that role while also being a key player on the pitch; so the expectations make Bradley the most decisive player for Toronto FC this upcoming season.