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Toronto FC brings in Defoe, Bradley... What say you, Whitecaps?

While Vancouver watches its top striker walk out the door – very awkwardly and still only reportedly – the Caps' cross-country Canadian rivals have made a splash.

Toronto FC introduced its two new stars, English footballer Jermain Defoe and American international Michael Bradley, on Monday, with fans chanting "This is our house" during the players' introductions.

Both Defoe and Bradley were brought into Toronto on separate $10 million transfer fees, the highest amounts ever paid for a player in Major League Soccer. (The Star)

"I feel at home already," said Defoe, who made his international debut with England in 2004 and has since played in 55 games, totalling 19 goals with the national team. Defoe has spent 11 seasons (a couple half-seasons) in his career with the Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur, and also with Portsmouth, West Ham United, and Bournemouth.

He is the Premier League's 14th highest all-time goal scorer.

"I'm delighted to be here, to go on this fantastic journey. I know how ambitious and, the drive that you have... I'm very similar in that way. I'm a winner. I've always been that way.

"I'll give it 100 per cent every game, work hard like I've always done."

The 26-year-old midfielder Bradley heads to Toronto after spending parts of three seasons with AS Roma in Italy's Serie A.

He will be playing for the United States in this year's World Cup in Brazil.

"I can tell you all that I have never been more excited, more determined, and more motivated for any challenge in my entire career," Bradley told Toronto's mob on Monday. "On my end, couldn't be more happy to be here, can't wait to get to work... it's gonna be a great season.

"They said it's a city that's dying to have a team they can be proud of."

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