Defoe delighted to see Spurs in Toronto

Tottenham line up against former favourite Jermain Defoe tomorrow on the second leg of their 2014 USA & Canada Pre-season Tour.

Defoe delighted to see Spurs in Toronto

Torontp FC, managed by former centre-back Ryan Nelsen, made Defoe an offer he simply couldn't refuse, £90,000 a week, to come and play Major League Soccer. thus the 31-year-old, he'll be 32 in October, moved to Canada at the end of February where he has been an instant hit.

The England forward has scored 11 goals in 13 starts (14 games) in 1,169 minutes, that's a goal every 106.27 minutes. You can add 2 assists to that tally meaning he makes a game impact every 88.92 minutes. He has made 45 shots of which 22 have been on target.

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Suffice to say Toronto have been pleased with their purchase but this game comes an an awkward time for them, they have one-fifth of their MLS schedule in play in 28 days.

“Obviously you could say it’s a game that we don’t need, “but at the end of the day what can you do as players? We just get on with it. It’s important to, I suppose, stay professional. You’ve got to do your job. And if we’ve got to play, we’ve got to play. It’s not going to be as serious. I can’t imagine the tempo’s going to be too high. But we’ll still try to win the game. You still want to have that winning mentality, that every game you play, you try and win. 
“There’s no points to gain, but it’s going to be nice seeing my old teammates and the staff. Beforehand we’ll have a laugh and a joke, but I suppose when the whistle goes then you do your job and try and win the game.”

This friendly, and friendlies like it, are important for the growth of Major League Soccer and is part of the deal that brought Defoe to North America. Tottenham and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) agreed to a four-year deal that will see Toronto FC and MLSE “provide promotional and branding opportunities, experiential activities and advertising, broadcasting, social media and digital rights across all of MLSE’s properties and media platforms.”

MLSE also agreed to sell Spurs official merchandise at its retail outlets and help the THFC Official Canadian Supporter’s Club.

Arsenal, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion are the other Premier League teams making pre-season tours to play MLS teams.

Toronto's home, BMO Field, is a soccer specific venue that was converted to grass in 2010. Yesterday saw Italy Legends play Portugal Legends there, tomorrow is Toronto FC vs Tottenham Hotspur, Thursday it's AC Milan (Italy) vs Olympiacos (Greece) and then on Saturday an MLS encounter as Toronto host defending champions Sporting Kansas City.

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