Who really cares about MLS friendlies?

Jermain Defoe scores on a penalty kick in the second half to put TFC up 1-0 over the Vancouver...

Jermain Defoe scores on a penalty kick in the second half to put TFC up 1-0 over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BMO Field on July 16, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:36 PM ET

Who cares about Wednesday night’s Toronto FC friendly?

It depends on who you ask.

Tottenham, of course, is in the midst of its pre-season. Spurs are more or less using this midweek fixture to gain fitness while expanding their brand in North America — the perfect scenario.

The Reds — the front office, that is — will use this match to continue facilitating a relationship that helped bring Jermain Defoe to BMO Field. Additionally, Toronto FC bench boss Ryan Nelsen will be eager to see some of his unproven players tested against some of the world’s top players, all of which hail from one of the world’s top leagues.

“You see (Tottenham) over in England. You see them on TV,” Nelsen, who briefly played for Spurs, told reporters this week. “When you rub shoulders with them it’s a bar to see where (our players) are.”

Then there are the fans — not just the boisterous supporters — who prefer to look the other way.


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