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SEATTLE -- Jermain Defoe gave Toronto FC its moneys worth on Saturday. Kevin Love Jersey . Defoe, one of Torontos marquee off-season signings, scored both of his teams goals in a 2-1 win against the Seattle Sounders to start TFCs Major League Soccer season. It was Torontos first win to open a season since 2009, and only the second in its seven-year existence. "I thought the guys were magnificent in the first half when it came to their football and magnificent in the second half when it came to their desire and their character," said Toronto head coach Ryan Nelsen. Defoe, who hadnt scored since Jan. 11 for former club Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, needed just 24 minutes to secure the win for his new team. He spoke earlier this week about his desire to perform well in case England coach Roy Hodgson was watching. With his two-goal performance on Saturday, Defoe has renewed hope for inclusion in Englands squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer. "To score two goals on your debut, its a dream," Defoe said. "The England thing is obviously going to be at the back of my mind." After early pressure from the Sounders, Defoe made a run between two Seattle defenders in the 17th minute. Jonathan Osorio, on the ball in midfield, slipped a perfectly weighted pass through the gap, and Defoe nestled the ball into the goal. Seven minutes later, Defoe picked up a loose ball after a Sounders giveaway near their own penalty area. He found space to cut to the right and fire another shot past goalkeeper Stefan Frei. "The first goal was a great ball, and you just have to finish it off," Defoe said. "The second half, we showed great character because they put us under a lot of pressure. Youve got to do that sometimes away from home." Seattle began the second half as it did the first, pressuring Torontos goal. Another big-name signing, Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, made his first important intervention in the 53rd minute. He fell to his right and stuck out his left leg, deflecting a close-range shot from Obafemi Martins out for a corner kick. However, the Sounders pressure would eventually pay off. Seattles own Designated Players, Martins and Clint Dempsey, combined down the right flank in the 68th minute, putting Dempsey in space on top of the penalty area. The U.S. international took a settling touch with his left foot before slamming a right-footed shot low and to Cesars left. The CenturyLink Field crowd of 38,441 came to life, and the Seattle attack continued to press. Torontos back line held, helped by several foul calls by referee Ioannis Stavrides close to its goal, despite dropping into a defensive shell for the last 15 minutes of the game. Notably, Seattle substitute Kenny Cooper got behind the defence with five minutes remaining, but his central pass went wayward under pressure from Cesar rushing out of his goal. Osorio headed clear a tame Sounders corner kick in stoppage time, which effectively closed out the match. "Theres no doubt in my mind that as the season goes on, well continue to improve, and our football will be good," said Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley, another one of the clubs big off-season signings . "Tonight was different. Tonight was about the spirit, the mentality and doing whatever it took to come away with three points." Nelsen downplayed the result throughout his post-game talk with media, choosing instead to expound his desire for consistency over a long MLS season. "Weve got so much to improve on. Were not stupid," he said. "What I like about this team is their heart, their character, their desire -- that they want to win. Thats what you hope for. You build your house on that type of foundation." Toronto (1-0) plays its first home game of the season on March 22 when it hosts D.C. United at BMO Field. Seattle (1-1) takes to the road for the first time the same day, playing the Montreal Impact. Jeff Green Jersey .Y. - Joe Johnson hit six 3-pointers in his 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 points, and the Brooklyn Nets won their 11th straight at home, beating the Boston Celtics 114-98 Friday night. Brad Daugherty Jersey . Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone dismissed Tuesdays massive anti-government protest in Manama as "a lot of kids having a go at the police." "I dont think its anything serious at all," Ecclestone was quoted as saying in The Guardian newspaper on Wednesday. . Charlottetown scored four times in the third period en route to a 5-2 win over the defending champion Halifax Mooseheads on Friday.TORONTO - Jonathan Bernier extended one streak Tuesday night while halting another.Bernier stopped 40 shots in leading Toronto to a 6-2 decision over Anaheim before an energetic Air Canada Centre gathering of 18,932. Bernier anchored the Maple Leafs sixth straight victory and was instrumental in halting the Ducks eight-game win streak.Toronto also handed Anaheim (21-7-5, Western Conference-leading 47 points) its first loss in eight games this month (7-1). The Leafs victory came after a 4-3 victory over the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings on Sunday, two wins Bernier said give his club a definite confidence boost.Weve been on a good stretch but I think the last two that weve played were a great challenge for us, Bernier said. (Theyre) big teams, theyre strong, have a good forecheck, they have skill so I thought that was a great step forward for our team and our confidence.Toronto (19-9-3, 41 points) improved to 14-7-0 at home by outscoring Anaheim 4-1 in the third period. More impressive, the Leafs are 10-1-1 since a lopsided 9-2 home loss to Nashville on Nov. 18.I think that was an event for our group, Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle said. Its embarrassing, its one of the things that hopefully crystalized our group and I think it has done that.However, Carlyle feels the Leafs havent been at their best the last two games.I think we were very opportunistic tonight, he said. I feel we are slipping the last couple of games.We have to get back to that more energetic, more stop-and-go, more straight-line hockey. We do have some players who continue to do it but I think as a whole we feel our game has slipped.And Carlyle said Berniers play, particularly the first two periods, allowed Toronto to secure the win.He made some big stops for us early in the hockey game, Carlyle said. He was the main reason we got ourselves in a position to win the hockey game.But Toronto did show a killer instinct in the third, with Phil Kessel scoring two of the Leafs four goals in the period.David Booth scored his first of the season unassisted at 4:37 before Nazem Kadri put away his ninth at 5:28 to put Toronto ahead 4-1. Anaheim starter Frederik Andersen was replaced by backup Ilya Bryzgalov following Kadris goal.Ryan Kesler pulled Anaheim to within 4-2 with his 11th of the season at 8:35. But Kessell cemented the win on the power play at 15:23 before adding his 17th goal at 18:17. Iman Shumpert Jersey. .For 50 minutes I thought we played really hard and played good, then it got silly, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. Theyre very opportunistic so if you give them those opportunities when you lose focus theyre going to put pucks in the net.Boudreau also had praise for Bernier.He was good, he said. He made a lot of great saves but we missed a lot of really open chances where we didnt hit the net.The big difference was they hit the net on a lot of those great chances and we missed the net.Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul also scored for Toronto.Sami Vatanen had the other goal for Anaheim, which still sports an impressive 11-4-2 road record.Anaheim outshot Toronto 17-11 in the first and had the two power-play chances in the period but the Leafs had the only goal. Bozak scored his 12th of the season at 15:12, poking a loose puck in front past Andersen.The Ducks held a 14-5 advantage in shots on goal in the second, but still trailed 2-1. Lupul put Toronto ahead 2-0 at 1:31 with his seventh of the season, his innocent-looking one-time from near the boards eluding Andersen.Vatanens short-handed goal at 13:13 cut Torontos lead to 2-1. Vatanen scored his ninth of the season when his wrist shot from the faceoff circle beat Bernier.Toronto improved to 14-0 when scoring first and 13-0 after leading through two periods. The Leafs also havent lost to Anaheim since Oct. 21 2008, a 3-2 shootout decision.Both teams are on the road Thursday. Toronto visits the Carolina Hurricanes while Anaheim is in Montreal for the fourth game of its five-game road trip.NOTES — James van Riemsdyk and Kessel both drew assists on Bozaks first-period goal, extending their points streaks to five games . . . Leafs Lupul, Peter Holland, Daniel Winnik and Stephane Robidas are all former Ducks. Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle was behind Anaheims bench for seven seasons, guiding the club to the Stanley Cup title in 2006-07 . . . Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner was a first-round pick of Anaheim (No. 17) in 08 but never played a regular-season game before being dealt to the Leafs . . . 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