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Jermain Defoe scores twice on MLS debut

Defoe with Toronto teammate Michael Bradley
Defoe with Toronto teammate Michael Bradley.

Jermain Defoe announced himself to MLS in style on Saturday.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham man made his debut for Toronto FC against the Seattle Sounders and he proved to any potential doubters out there that he's still got it, scoring twice on his debut for The Reds

The striker joined up with his new teammates just two weeks ago and only participated in his first training session last week.

But Defoe was showing no lack of match fitness as he took both the chances he got at CenturyLink Field to lead his new side to a 2-1 victory against one of the pre-season favourites to lift the MLS Cup.

Defoe opened the scoring in the 17th minute, taking Jonathan Osorio's through ball in his stride and finishing low past goalkeeper Stefan Frei with his first touch.

The 31 year old then doubled his side's lead just seven minutes later.

Marco Pappa's pass back was a poor one and Defoe didn't have to think twice, his first touch took the ball round centre back Djimi Traore and his second saw the ball nestle into the bottom corner to stun Sounders fans into silence.

Defoe wasn't the only former Premier League star to grab some headlines.

Clint Dempsey scored a consolation for the Sounders in the 68th minute but it was his low blow punch on Toronto's Mark Bloom that will see him get column inches for all the wrong reasons and a suspension set to come with it.

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Jermain Defoe
Toronto FC
Seattle Sounders FC

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