Toronto FC: Jermain Defoe Best Offseason Move in MLS

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When former England international Jermain Defoe announced that he would transfer from Tottenham to Toronto FC before the start of the Major League Soccer season, many people were surprised to hear about a highly touted international who was not an American transferring from the English Premier League to MLS.

A major reason this move was so surprising for Defoe was that Tottenham was a team that finished in the top four of the English Premier League the previous season, but Toronto FC was a team that finished next to last place in MLS’s Eastern Conference. 20 points behind playoff contention, TFC only won six games all season long. Why would a player of Defoe’s caliber want to come play for a team as bad as Toronto?

Not only did Defoe’s transfer baffle those who have followed his career with Tottenham and England, but it was also a strange move by the MLS club that brought him in. TFC was already bringing in a superstar in U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley, so why would they need to waste their money on a former world class striker instead of their defense that was surely going to struggle?

Three weeks into the 2014 MLS season, Defoe has not only proven just how much he still has left in the tank, but that he was the best offseason move of the 2014 season in Major League Soccer. In two games for Toronto, he has scored three goals and led TFC to a perfect record early in the season. Those wins came against a revamped D.C. United squad and a potential MLS Cup threat, the Seattle Sounders. TFC is flying high with him at the helm and looks like a team that could potentially secure the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

There are still a lot of games to be played, but Defoe is red hot to start the season for Toronto. If he can continue to play at this level, it will be hard for England’s Roy Hodgson to ignore him when selecting his final roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Defoe and TFC may both end up benefiting from his move to the Canadian club far more than anyone anticipated.

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for StoppageTimeSoccer.net. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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