Jermain Defoe leads TFC past D.C. United in home opener

TFC's Jermain Defoe during the home opener on March 22 at BMO Field (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

TFC's Jermain Defoe during the home opener on March 22 at BMO Field (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:39 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto FC is 2-0 for the first time in the club’s eight-year history.

And, Jermain Defoe has all three of his team’s goals.

In front of a sellout crowd of 22,591 at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon, the Reds outlasted a pesky D.C. United side 1-0 to vault to the top of the Eastern Conference table.

Toronto’s big-name players came through on the hour mark when Michael Bradley clipped in Gilberto, who in his MLS debut forced DC ’keeper Bill Hamid into a save. The rebound sat up perfectly for Defoe at the penalty area before the Englishman calmly slotted home in traffic to keep the Reds perfect on the season.

It was DP to DP to DP, the reason the Reds went out and dropped $100 million on three players this winter.

Dwayne De Rosario could have put the game out of reach in the 76th minute after Defoe played the Toronto native in alone on goal, but the aging forward couldn’t beat Hamid from a tight angle.


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