Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe hailed his MLS debut as a ‘dream’ as his side beat Seattle Sounders 2-1 in their opening game.
The Englishman scored both goals in the first 25 minutes as Toronto stunned the Seattle crowd into submission, and then went on to claim all three points despite Clint Dempsey’s second half strike.
Defoe affirmed his desire for a World Cup call-up earlier this week, and definitely threw his name into the mix after today’s match, told reporters after the game: “To score two goals in your debut, it’s a dream.
“To come here and to win was massive for us.
“Everyone’s delighted – it was an important three points.”
His first goal came in the 17th minute when Jonathan Osorio played a neat through ball, which the former Tottenham striker buried with ease.
“I said to Jonathan, ‘When I make the runs, just look for me,’ and he said, ‘yeah, I’ll look for you straight away,’” Defoe said.
“It was an unbelievable pass.
“I’ve always worked on those situations, one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
“You have to be clinical.”
The forward wasn’t the only one who was pleased with his performance, with Toronto manager Ryan Nelsen weighing in as well.
“That was Jermain Defoe,” The New Zealander told MLSsoccer.com.
“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.”
Nelsen was also happy with the debut of USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley, acquired from Serie A side AS Roma in January.
He said: “What Michael brings is an absolute energy.
“His character, his confidence, is infectious on people.
“He made Seattle turn over the ball a lot of times.
“He got into very nice positions.
“You need character and strength to battle what the opposition throw at you and Michael was right in the middle of everything.”
Toronto face D.C. United in their home opener next week, and Bradley admitted the players did have an eye on that during their post-match celebrations.
“It’s an important day,” the American said.
“It’s only one game, and we’re mindful of that.
“One game doesn’t make the season but like I said, it’s each step along the way and today is a good step for us.”
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