Toronto FC completes move for Tottenham's Jermain Defoe

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring against Sheriff Tiraspol during their Europa...

Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring against Sheriff Tiraspol during their Europa League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, November 7, 2013. (ANDREW WINNING/Reuters)

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

Hidden away at the Kia training ground last October, it was hard not to chuckle.

Some of us did, I recall, during Toronto FC’s end-of-season pressers.

There were smirks after listening to Stefan Frei’s eulogy, and furious tweeting at Richard Eckersley’s bewilderment.

After a disgruntled Danny Koevermans completed his woe-is-me spiel that day, it seemed TFC wasn’t close to where rookie head coach Ryan Nelsen promised they’d be 10 months earlier.

Having just watched the Reds complete a 6-17-11 season, winning two of their final 12 matches, scoring less than a goal per game on the year, the half-filled room of media members had good reason to question TFC’s direction.

“We are very close,” Nelsen said with a straight face at the time. “It doesn’t take too much to turn a team around.”

The club’s head honcho, Tim Leiweke, had echoed his coach’s position.

Now, less than three months later, Toronto FC is set to unveil one of the biggest signings in MLS history.


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