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Defoe leads new-look Toronto to big win
by Paul Kennedy, March 15th, 2014 6:57PM

TAGS:  toronto fc


[MLS: Week 2] English international Jermaine Defoe needed all of 26 minutes to double his tally for the entire 2013-14 English Premier League, giving Toronto FC a two-goal cushion that stood up for a 2-1 win at the Seattle Sounders.

Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said his team gifted Defoe his two goals, which made him just the third player after Hristo Stoitchkov of the Chicago Fire and Juan Francisco Palencia of Chivas USA to score in first half of MLS debut.

Clint Dempsey
reduced the Toronto lead with his first goal in more than four months. He could face MLS disciplinary action for what replays showed were an off-the-ball punch directed at TFC defender Mark Bloom.

Toronto went the entire 2013 season without a win over a Western Conference team, but it became the first Eastern Conference team to win an interconference match in 2014.

The New York Red Bulls looked to the first to achieve that feat earlier in the day but they had to settle for a 1-1 tie with the Colorado Rapids on a controversial penalty awarded to the Rapids by Irish referee Alan Kelly.

The Philadelphia Union handed the New England Revolution its second straight loss with a 1-0 decision thanks to Sebastien Le Toux's first-half goal. The Revs were without 2013 Defender of the Year Jose Goncalves, who has been unhappy with his contract situation following the Revs' purchase of his contract from Swiss club FC Sion.

WEEK 2: Schedule
Saturday, March 15
Philadelphia 1 New England 0.
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux (Leonardo Fernandes) 31
Att.: 18,651.

New York 1 Colorado 1.

NY: Thierry Henry (Lloyd Sam) 57
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 72
Att.: 20,542.

Seattle 1 Toronto FC 2.
TOR: Jermaine Defoe (Jonathan Osorio) 17
TOR: Jermaine Defoe 24
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins) 67

WEEK 2: Schedule
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Houston vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
Sunday, March 16
3 pm ET
Portland vs. Chicago, UniMas
7 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE

MLS Standings:
4 Philadelphia 1-0-1 2/1
3 Houston 1-0-0 4/0
3 Columbus 1-0-0 3/0
3 Toronto FC 1-0-0 2/1
1 New York 0-1-1 2/5
0 Chicago 0-1-0 2/3
0 Montreal 0-1-0 2/3
0 Sporting KC 0-0-1 0/1
0 D.C. United 0-1-0 0/3
0 New England 0-1-0 0/4

3 Vancouver 1-0-0 4/1
3 Chivas USA 1-0-0 3/2
3 FC Dallas 1-0-0 3/2
3 Real Salt Lake 1-0-0 1/0
3 Seattle 1-1-0 2/2
1 Portland 0-0-1 1/1
1 Colorado 0-0-1 1/1
0 LA Galaxy 0-1-0 0/1
0 San Jose 0-0-0 0/0
MLS: Leading Scorers
2 Will Bruin
, Houston
2 Sebastian Fernandez
, Vancouver
2 Federico Higuain
, Columbus

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