Toronto FC-bound Jermain Defoe given emotional farewell in final appearance for Tottenham
England international Jermain Defoe is headed to Toronto FC, but he couldn't leave without first saying goodbye to the club he's called home for all but one of the last 10 years.
Defoe came on for a cameo in the 86th minute of Tottenham's 1-0 win over Everton on Sunday afternoon and nearly added a second for Spurs, only to be denied by US international Tim Howard. Following the match, Defoe received a heartfelt sendoff from the home fans while he completed a lap of honor around White Hart Lane:
Defoe will finish his Spurs career with 143 goals in 362 appearances across all competitions between 2004 and 2014, save for a one-year stint at Portsmouth. He also has 19 goals in 55 apperances for the England national team, including one in the 2010 World Cup.
The 32-year-old will now link up with Toronto, with his deal officially starting Feb. 28. He will join a team undergoing a radical offseason overhaul that saw the team bring in three Designated Players, including Defoe himself, US international star Michael Bradley and Brazilian forward Gilberto.
The Reds are currently going through preseason in Bradenton, Fla., where they opened with a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Wednesday.