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Defoe expected to be ready to go for Toronto FC
by Paul Kennedy, February 27th, 2014 8:37PM

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[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] Toronto FC expects English signing Jermain Defoe to be ready to go for its 2014 opener at Seattle March 15. General manager Tim Bezbatchenko told reporters at training camp in Florida on Thursday that there was "nothing to be concerned about" with the hamstring injury that kept Defoe out of Thursday's Tottenham-Dnipro Europa league match, which would have been his last game for Spurs at White Hart Lane.

Defoe will join the England team for its friendly against Denmark on Wednesday. Bezbatchenko said he expected Defoe to join Toronto at the end of next week, in the March 7-9 window.

PRESEASON FINALES. MLS preseason action wraps up for most teams with games this weekend at four tournament locations. In addition, two MLS teams (FC Dallas and LA Galaxy) face NASL foes.

The finals of the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic and FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup will be Sporting Kansas City-Columbus and Chicago-Guadalajara sub-20. The Fire will have 2013 MLS MVP Mike Magee available as he joined the team Wednesday night.

On Wednesday, the San Jose Earthquakes, who are off next weekend, will play an exhibition against their USL PRO affiliate, Sacramento Republic FC, at CSU Stanislaus’ Warrior Field in in Turlock, Calif. San Jose’s new U-23 PDL team will practice at the Turlock Regional Sports Complex and will play home games at Warrior Field.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Carolina Challenge Cup:
March 1 in Charleston, S.C.

D.C. United vs. Seattle (MLSSoccer.com, 5 pm ET)
Charleston Battery vs. Houston (MLSSoccer.com, 7:15 pm ET)

Disney Pro Classic:
March 1 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Toronto FC vs. Fluminense U-23 (1 pm ET)
Montreal vs. Philadelphia (3 pm ET)
Orlando City vs. New York  (6 pm ET)
Final: Sporting KC vs. Columbus (WatchESPN, 8 pm)

Rose City Invitational:
March 1 in Portland, Ore.
San Jose vs. Portmore United (SJEarthquakes.com stream, 5:30 pm ET)
Portland vs. Vancouver (Timbers.com stream, 8 pm ET)

FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup:

March 1 in Tucson, Ariz.
Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake (MLSSoccer.com stream, 3 pm ET)
Colorado vs. New England (MLSSoccer.com stream, 5:30 pm ET)
Chivas vs. Guadalajara sub-20 (MLSSoccer.com stream, 8 pm ET)

MLS-NASL Friendlies:
March 1 in Carson, Calif.
LA Galaxy vs. Minnesota United FC (scrimmage)
March 1 in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio Scorpions vs. FC Dallas


ANOTHER CAL SIGNING. The New England Revolution has signed midfielder Alec Sundly, one of four Cal players taken in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. He has played in all six of the Revs’ preseason matches so far this season, totaling 283 minutes in the central midfield and along the backline. Sundly's signing brings to 28 out of 76 players the number of draft picks who have signed MLS contracts.

2014 SuperDraft Pick Signings:
GENERATION ADIDAS
Round 1

1 Philadelphia: GK Andre Blake (Connecticut).
2 D.C. United: D Steve Birnbaum (California).
3 Vancouver: D Christian Dean (California).
5 Montreal: D Eric Miller (Creighton).
8 Seattle: D Damion Lowe (Hartford).
12 Colorado: M Marlon Hairston (Louisville).
16 Houston: A.J. Cochran (Wisconsin).
17 Portland: Schillo Tshuma (Maryland).

PRE-DRAFT SIGNINGS
Round 1
4 New England: F Steve Neumann (Georgetown).
11 New England: F Patrick Mullins (Maryland).

POST-DRAFT SIGNINGS
Round 1
6 FC Dallas: F Tesho Akindele (Colorado School of Mines).
7 Vancouver: M Andre Lewis (Portmore United).
9 San Jose: M J.J. Koval (Stanford).
13 Chicago: D Marco Franco (UC Irvine).
14 Columbus: D Ben Sweat (USF).
19 Colorado: D Grant Van De Casteele (Notre Dame).

Round 2
20 Chivas USA: D Thomas McNamara (Clemson)
21 Seattle: D Jimmy Ockford (Louisville), loaned to the New York Cosmos.
26 Portland: D Taylor Peay (Portland).
31 New England: M Alec Sundly (California).
33 Colorado:
M Jared Watts (Wake Forest).
34 Houston: F Mark Sherrod (Memphis).
35 Colorado: GK John Berner (SIU-Edwardsville).
36 Portland: M Aaron Long (UC Irvine).

Round 3
39 Portland: M George Fochive (Connecticut).
42 Columbus: M Fifi Baiden (UC Santa Barbara).
43 FC Dallas: D Nick Walker (Fairleigh Dickinson).
54 Houston: GK Michael Lisch (New Mexico)


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