Toronto FC may have the most difficult schedule at the start of the season in all of Major League Soccer. They have had to take on the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field in their opener, then D.C. United at home, before travelling to take on Real Salt Lake, and the Columbus Crew. However, Jermain Defoe isn't making any excuses for the club and believes that despite all the difficulties and travels, Toronto FC can get the job done tomorrow night.
Defoe earned quite the reputation in England for always saying the right things and handling the media well. In Toronto, it seems to be no different. On Friday, Defoe was discussing the big clash with Real Salt Lake to the media, and although the attitude and distance travelled can be a nuisance, the Englishman isn't doing much complaining.
"I try not make excuses to be honest. That's a negative. Before games you can't really sit back and say that just because you've been on a plane for five hours doesn't mean you can't play well. If you hydrate proper and eat the right things, there is no reason you shouldn't feel good in the game."
It is that kind of positive attitude that made him such a club hero at Tottenham, and it is what has Toronto FC so excited. The club held their last training session this morning, before heading out to Salt Lake. It will not be an easy task for the Reds as Real Salt Lake remain undefeated as well, but at the moment the club is looking determined.
Defoe has three goals in two matches for Toronto FC and will be looking to add to his total against Real Salt Lake. The altitude will no doubt play a factor tomorrow night in Salt Lake City, but Defoe was quick to remind the media that he had played in altitude during the 2010 World Cup as well and wouldn't be fazed by it.
It's a long season and Defoe will have his struggles but at the moment he can do or say no wrong, "When you work hard, somehow you manage to get lucky".