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

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

Some of us did, I recall, during Toronto FCs end-of-season pressers.

There were smirks after listening to Stefan Freis eulogy, and furious tweeting at Richard Eckersleys bewilderment.

After a disgruntled Danny Koevermans completed his woe-is-me spiel that day, it seemed TFC wasnt close to where rookie head coach Ryan Nelsen promised theyd 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 TFCs direction.

We are very close, Nelsen said with a straight face at the time. It doesnt take too much to turn a team around.

The clubs head honcho, Tim Leiweke, had echoed his coachs 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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