Football: Defoe does it again as Toronto blanks DC

Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored in the 60th minute on Saturday to give Toronto a 1-0 victory over DC United in the Canadian Major League Soccer club's home opener. -- PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS
Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored in the 60th minute on Saturday to give Toronto a 1-0 victory over DC United in the Canadian Major League Soccer club's home opener. -- PHOTO: USA TODAY SPORTS

TORONTO, Canada (AFP) - Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe scored in the 60th minute on Saturday to give Toronto a 1-0 victory over DC United in the Canadian Major League Soccer club's home opener.

It was the first time in club history that Toronto had opened a campaign with back-to-back wins, following a 2-1 triumph last week at Seattle.

Defoe netted both goals in the first half at Seattle and once again made the difference, swiping a failed clearance attempt in the penalty area and beating United goalkeeper Bill Hamid.

The 31-year-old Englishman netted 143 goals in two stints at Spurs to rank fifth on the north London side's all-time scoring list and left the English Premier League side last month to join Toronto in time for this month's start of the MLS campaign.

Expectations are high for a Toronto side that managed only six wins and 11 draws in 34 MLS matches last year.

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