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Major League Soccer Season Begins

This Saturday, the nineteenth season of Major League Soccer is expected to open, nevertheless, the Toronto supporters might have to wait almost a week, before Jermain Defoe, the ex striker from Tottenham will play his debut match for this Canadian Club.

Since their inception in the year 2007, The Toronto FC fans have awaited this moment, for a very long time, much in vein till now, for them to have a victorious season or for that matter playing off the berth.

Jermain Defoe seems excited about this deal and said that he is really looking forward to put on his boots and bag goals effectively to show the people that signing him was a good decision after all. At the moment all he wants is to get out on the field and let his game play do the rest of the talking. Netting a total of 143 goals in only 2 stints, this thirty one year old British, has positioned himself as the 5th best English Premier League player.

Defoe further added that he is feeling as excited as a kid to be a part of such an amazing opportunity and take up the challenge of a brand new club. Julio Cesar, the Brazilian international will also be joining Jermain Defoe in Toronto on a loan from the Rangers (Queens Park). The Canadian international footballer Dwayne De Rosario, and Gilberto, the Brazilian striker is also expected to join him.

Team Toronto has only managed 11 drawn matches and 6 wins in 34 Major league Soccer matches in the last year. However this is pretty much the same case as Sporting Kansas City, where in the defending champions affirms of being the Major league Soccer champions as well as taking the Concacaf Champions League and US Open Cup.

NOT FEATURING

Markus Holgersson is not going to feature for the New York Red Bulls in the next edition of Major League Soccer. The Swedish defender had one year left in his contract, but, both he and the club decided that the contract should be terminated.

Holgersson played for the Red Bulls for a couple of seasons and he proved his worth at the club. He didn’t have too many bad games during his tenure at Red Bull Arena. He was a regular member of the team and he put up a lot of quality defensive performances.

In total, Holgersson made 63 appearances for the Red Bulls and found the back of the net thrice.

Announcing Holgersson’s departure yesterday, the manager of New York Red Bulls, Mike Petke said, “I talked to Markus regarding his contract and we both reached the conclusion that the termination is the right thing to do. He did some wonderful things for us on the ground in the last two seasons and we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all that. He is a great professional and we enjoyed having him here.”

New York Red Bulls played fantastic football for most parts of the 2013 season. They won 17 out of their 34 games and secured a total of 59 points to end up at the top of the Eastern Conference Points table.

However, they couldn’t finish the season on a good note. Their performance in the MLS Cup playoffs wasn’t that good. They couldn’t defeat Houston Dynamo even once out of the two times they faced them and as a result, they got knocked out.

The MLS Cup was eventually won by Sporting Kansas City which was one position behind the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference table at the end of the regular season.