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MLS: Jermain Defoe scores twice as Toronto beats Seattle
First Published Mar 15 2014 10:58 pm • Last Updated Mar 15 2014 11:33 pm

Seattle • Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored twice in the first half of his Major League Soccer debut, and new-look Toronto FC held off the Seattle Sounders 2-1 on Saturday.

Defoe’s debut upstaged the return of U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley to MLS in his first game for Toronto. Defoe and Bradley were the centerpieces of a major offseason makeover by Toronto that also included the acquisition of Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar on loan.

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All three made their season debuts against Seattle after Toronto had a bye in the first week of the season. Defoe had the most influence, giving Toronto the lead in the 17th minute, then adding a second seven minutes later off a Seattle turnover.

Rapids 1, Red Bulls 1 • In Harrison, N.J., Vicente Sanchez scored on a penalty kick in the 72rd minute after a controversial decision by the substitute referee and Colorado and new coach Pablo Mastroeni opened with a tie with New York. Thierry Henry scored on a header in the 57th minute for the Red Bulls.

FC Dallas 1, Sporting Kansas City 1 • In Kansas City, Kan., Matt Hedges scored a late goal and made a goal-line clearance in second-half stoppage time, giving unbeaten FC Dallas a draw with Sporting Kansas City.

Aurelien Collin put Sporting up 1-0 in the 81st minute, heading in Benny Feilhaber’s corner kick.




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