That is exactly what Toronto Football Club did in the off season. Toronto FC management spent $100 million US dollars by signing US international midfielder Micheal Bradley from the Italian League's AS Roma, forward Jermaine Defoe from the Premier Leagues Tottenham Hotspur, Brazilian GoalKeeper Julio Cesar, forward Gilberto and Canadian National Team Captain Dwayne De Rosario.
What did they get for their money? A season opening 2-1 road victory against the Seattle Sounders FC. The win over the Seattle Sounders FC snapped a five game losing streak for Toronto FC. Toronto FC finished the 2013 season ninth in Major League Soccers Eastern Conference with just 29 points. Third lowest in the league.
To say Toronto FC needed a good start to the season is a Major League understatement. To start the season on the road against Seattle Sounders FC is about the biggest ask one can get in Major League Soccer.
“The most important thing is to win games, to win and score two goals in your debut is a dream, " Jermaine Defoe said of his brace against Seattle Sounders FC." It is always going to be difficulty when you come to places like this, the atmosphere is electric and they have good players."
Defoe opened his Major League Soccer account 17 minutes into the game when he received a perfect through pass from team mate Jonathan Osorio and right footed the ball to the back of Seattle Sounders FC net. His second goal came seven minutes later off a back pass gift from Seattle Sounders FC defender Djimi Traore.
US National Team Captain Clint Dempsey scored his first goal of the season for Seattle Sounders FC in the 68 minute to give the Seattle Sounders FC faithful hope.When the dust settled the hope was in vain and Seattle Sounders FC lost there first match of 2014.
Attendance was 38,441. Sounders next game will be a road game March 22nd vs the Montreal Impact. Toronto FC's game will be there home opener March 22nd against DC United.
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Djimi Traore, Dylan Remcik, Lamar Neagle (Chad Barrett 79'), Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans (Gonzalo Pineda 29'), Marco Pappa (Kenny Cooper 66'), Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins.
Toronto FC - Julio Cesar, Mark Bloom, Steven Caldwell, Doneil Henry, Justin Morrow, Alvaro Rey (Bradley Orr 65'), Michael Bradley, Jonathan Osorio, Jackson (Ashtone Morgan 93'), Jermain Defoe, Dwayne De Rosario (Andrew Weideman 63').