English striker Jermain Defoe was one of the biggest acquisition in this year’s MLS offseason, and the former Tottenham Hotspur star left a huge mark in his first game in the North America league.
Making his debut for a Toronto FC side that is clearly looking to compete for the title, Defoe was at his best and showed why he will be one of the top MLS players this year. His two-goal effort against Seattle Sounders was a decisive outing and seems to be a taste of what he can do at the MLS level.
There’s no reason to think otherwise. Defoe is a regular member of the England National Team that’s preparing for the upcoming 2014 World Cup, and he was also a regular starter in Tottenham at the Premier League level. He’s clearly one step ahead of most defenders and judging by his debut, he’s also on another level in terms of speed and tactical intelligence.
Defoe can’t sleep on his performance and needs to build from this outing. Toronto FC will depend on him to score up top, and while it’s no secret that the Canadian franchise made several high-profile moves to improve what used to be a weak roster, they haven’t won anything yet and Defoe will be a key element as the team tries to achieve success this season.