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TORONTO -- Just two games into the 2014 MLS season, Toronto FC is experiencing new he

TORONTO -- Just two games into the 2014 MLS season, Toronto FC is experiencing new heights. Dee Gordon Jersey . England star Jermain Defoe is scoring goals as befitting his monster salary. American international Michael Bradley is pulling the strings in midfield. And everyone else is playing their part. Its early days yet but Toronto, once the MLS doormat, is off to its best start ever at 2-0-0 and drawing a crowd on and off the pitch. On Saturday, the TFC dressing room was crammed with reporters eager to tell the story of Torontos 1-0 win over D.C. United in the home opener before an announced -- and enthusiastic -- sellout crowd of 22,591 at BMO Field. Defoe emerged from the shower in a towel and flip-flops to find a mass of humanity in front of his stall. "Id forgotten about this," he said with a smile. The 31-year-old forward, used to reporter-free dressing rooms in England, must have felt like he was starring in "Magic Mike" as he dressed in front of some three dozen members of the media. Canadian midfielder Jonathan Osorio, who dresses two stalls down, had to scale his locker like he was climbing Everest just to get to his gear. Toronto loves a winner. Its just never seen one wearing Toronto FC gear. Still manager Ryan Nelsen is preaching caution at this early stage of the franchises eighth season. "I dont think were a top team right now," he said. "Were very well organized but I dont think weve seen the best of us. And you wont see the best of us because were still new." "I think we still have a long way to go as a team," he added. "Well play better than that probably and lose games." Toronto started six players Saturday who werent with the club last year. Defoe, who scored twice in his MLS debut last week in Seattle, could have had four goals Saturday before he finally scored in the 60th minute after Brazilian strike partner Gilberto was sent in alone by a beautiful through ball from Bradley. Goalie Bill Hamid made the save but the ball was cleared only as far as Defoe, who got the ball out from under his feet and hammered home a right-footed shot. The goal, which featured all three of TFCs designated players, was a model of efficiency. Brazilian international goalie Julio Cesar started the play, booting the ball up field. A D.C. United player headed it back towards the Toronto end but TFC captain Steven Caldwell nipped in and sent it to Osorio. The 21-year-old Canadian quickly gave it to Bradley, who lofted a pass over the defence to Gilberto. The day offered thin gruel for D.C. United (0-2-0), which has yet to score this season after being beaten 3-0 by the Columbus Crew in its season opener two weeks ago. "I dont think D.C. broke us down very often at all," said Nelsen. "And you look at our chances we had to score." Defoes three goals in two games would have tied him for third overall in Toronto FC scoring over the entire 2013 season. After a brutal winter that included one last snowfall overnight, the ravaged grass at BMO Field made for a choppy game. It might as well have been played on a cowpatch. "The field was not conducive to playing any sport of football," Nelsen said by way of understatement. "But thats no fault of the groundskeeper," he added with a smile. "I blame God for that at the moment for the winter hes given Toronto." In addition to having a predator up front, Toronto is also looking a lot harder this season. Caldwell has added to the spine of the club since his arrival last season but the presence of Bradley has helped. The American literally ran over referee Silviu Petrescu in the first half, knocking the official down as he steamed towards the visitors penalty box. And he kept playing after a nasty clash of heads in the second half knocked Davy Arnaud out of the game. The shaven-headed Bradley, who returned to the fray with a bandage, was sporting an ugly array of staples to close the head wound after the game. "You can see now theres a bit of hardness to us, to tell you the truth," said Nelsen, who was tough as nails himself as a player. "That, no disrespect to the past, I dont think weve had." D.C. United coach Ben Olsen, while noting both teams had to play on the surface, called the pitch "as bad as Ive ever seen in the MLS." Be it artificial turf (last week in Seattle) or just bad turf, Toronto is winning. Just two games into the 2014 schedule, TFC has already one-third of the victories it collected last season when the team went 6-17-11. Torontos previous best opening was a 1-0-1 start in 2009. In 2012, it took the team 14 games to record two victories. Nelsens team will no doubt face a stiffer test next weekend at Real Salt Lake (1-0-2). While the overnight snowfall had dissipated by kickoff, fans had to contend with a partial shutdown of the subway system as well as an AHL game and the National Home Show on the Exhibition grounds Saturday. The crowd was announced as a sellout, but there were some empty seats. Defoe called the atmosphere "unbelievable." "From Minute One, the stadium was rocking." It was two degrees at kickoff although a stiff wind did little to make it a pleasant afternoon. Neither did the pitch, which started cutting up in the first half. Torontos Brazilian midfielder Jackson received a yellow card in the 50th minute for what looked like an elbow off the ball. "It looked pretty bad," D.C. defender Bobby Boswell said. Said Nelsen: "I think the referee saw it and he gave him a yellow card. So its been dealt with, isnt it?" D.C. United was the worst team in the league last season at 3-24-7 but made wholesale changes during the off-season. "Its a loss but I think when I look back, I think we will see that we really took some steps forward." said Olsen. Jose Fernandez Jersey . And fellow Leaf, Jake Gardiner, hiking in Whistler. Marcell Ozuna Jersey . "Last year didnt go the way we wanted it to, but we need to look at what went well and what didnt go so well. Hopefully this year we will be better," Brendan Gallagher said after practice. This year, the Canadiens have a little more depth to work with by adding players like Daniel Briere, Dale Weise, Mike Weaver, Douglas Murray and arguably, the biggest addition to this playoff roster, Thomas Vanek, who the Canadiens were able to land at the trade deadline. http://www.baseballmarlinsstore.com/...arlins-jersey/ . Observant Muslims avoid food and liquids from dawn to dusk during Ramadan but can, and often do, skip it if travelling or doing hard physical labour. Some devout Muslim athletes choose to fast during training or competition, but it can create selection difficulties for the coaches in team sports.OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Donaldson swiped the spotlight from Manny Machado in the biggest way he could. Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a stunning 5-4 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. "Certainly theres a little irony involved in the whole thing," As manager Bob Melvin said. Donaldsons drive over the wall in centre field on a sinker from Zach Britton (3-2) sent the As streaming out of the dugout in front of an announced crowd of 27,232 at the Coliseum. It was the All-Star third basemans 21th homer of the season, fifth career game-ending hit, and third career game-ending homer -- including the second this season. But this one was even sweeter for Donaldson and the As because it took the attention away from Machado, who hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh after creating an even bigger stir with his bat the last time he faced Oakland. Machado threw his bat near Donaldson at third base during a plate appearance in Oaklands win at Baltimore last month after reliever Fernando Abad threw consecutive high-and-inside pitches. Machado was suspended five games and was fined an undisclosed amount. Abad was fined but not suspended. In the opener of that series, Machado yelled in Donaldsons face after the third baseman tagged him on the chest, knocking Machado off his feet. The dugouts cleared briefly. Machado, who also singled in the fifth, said before Fridays game he has moved on from the incident. Melvin also said nobody on his club had even talked about it since. "When you see J.D. come up in the ninth, you kind of have that feeling, Really? Could this happen?" Melvin said. "And it did." Donaldson said he sympathized with the boos Machado endured from As fans during pregame introductions, when he ran to his spot at third base and every time he was announced at the plate. But he said he tried "not to get caught up in all that jazz" and instead focus on the task at hand. "I enjoy those moments," he said. "Its one of those things where youve got to try to relish the opportunity, and anytime I can step up to the plate with an at-bat to help our team win the game or win the game right there, I feel beetter about it. Giancarlo Stanton Jersey. ." Machado quieted the hoots and hollers with his 10th homer of the season in the seventh to put the Orioles ahead 4-2. A fan threw the ball back on the field, and others stood and booed as he rounded the bases. Machado high-fived teammates back in the dugout. "The booing is part of the game and I have to get used to it," Machado said. "You have to be able to block it out. You just try and channel your energy to do well. I have to gain everyones respect back from everyone that I let down." Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in the fifth that appeared to be enough for the AL East-leading Orioles. But beating the best team in baseball -- especially at home -- has never been easy this season. Eric OFlaherty (1-0) tossed one scoreless inning for the win as Oakland (60-36) extended the majors best record. It was just the type of victory that showed why the two-time defending AL West champion As have major expectations, especially after acquiring pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs on July 4. Samardzija looked ready to lose his second straight solid start for Oakland. He gave up six hits -- including the two homers -- in seven innings. John Jasos RBI double in the third gave Oakland a 1-0 lead, and Derek Norris ninth homer in the fifth tied it 2-2. That was all the As could muster against Chris Tillman the first 6 2-3 innings. Baltimore had retired 10 straight batters until Yoenis Cespedes singled leading off the ninth. Brandon Moss followed with another single before Donaldsons homer handed Britton his third blown save in 18 opportunities this season and gave the As another memorable victory in a season already full of them. NOTES: Cespedes, the two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion, snapped an 0-for-19 skid -- the longest hitless streak of his career -- with two singles. ... Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, on the disabled list since July 11 with a sprained right ankle, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday and could make a rehabilitation start in the minors in the middle of next week. ... RHP Jason Hammel (0-1, 3.60 ERA) starts for the As opposite Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen (9-3, 4.15 ERA) on Saturday. China Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys 2019 Stitched Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Authentic Jerseys ' ' '
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