When Jermain Defoe played for Tottenham in the Premier League, we all knew how phenomenal of a striker he truly was. Now that he has joined Major League Soccer at the age of 31, we are reminded of the fact that age is nothing but a number.
The man has played two games for Toronto FC and has already scored three times. Each goal was put in by a true professional player who took it upon himself to hit the ball home each time. He was responsible for both strikes in the 2-1 victory in Seattle last week and the lone goal in today’s 1-0 victory over DC United in the home opener; he has scored all three Toronto FC goals so far.
The support behind Defoe is magnificent as newcomer Michael Bradley dictates play in the four-man midfield with Alvaro Rey, Jackson and Jonathon Osorio all helping with their offensive-minded abilities. They can all drop back to defend as well which is also crucial to the defensive aspect of the Canadian side’s game.
Another man who has been helpful who in fact pressured the defense into passing the ball to Defoe is Gilberto, the No. 9 who plays beside the Englishman up top in a 4-4-2 setup. The team is playing great soccer in the middle and final third and with players such as the ones mentioned, the game is not too hard to play, hence the perfect start to the season.
Now, with two victories under their belt, the new-look Toronto FC will have to build on this success by playing tighter as a unit on both ends of the ball. They have the players to hold up play, add a bit of individual skill and a world-class keeper in Julio Cesar to shut things down in frame. Basically, this team can win a title if they keep this up and avoid some bad luck.