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Takeaways from Toronto’s 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena

Photo: Matt Rasmussen

MLS is back after a two week break for the World Cup, and Toronto FC visited the New York Red Bulls on Friday night in an exciting game where the Canadian side were robbed of three points in injury time.

It was game that was made a spectacle by designated players, as there was a DP in every goal of the night. Even Gilberto bagged a goal, and he will take confidence from finally ending his goal drought.

We take a look at what we can take away from the score draw:

1. Is Jermain Defoe Roy Hodgson’s greatest omission?

Being left out of the England World Cup squad would have disappointed him immensely, especially because in hindsight, England lacked a world class finisher in Brazil.

However, Defoe was straight back to business on Friday night as he netted his eighth goal in nine games this season with cracking finish on the run.

2. Thierry Henry – will he ever lose it?

‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’ could not describe this man better.

Having only joined up with the squad on Monday after working as a pundit for the BBC at the World Cup, Henry looked more than comfortable in his side’s return to action.

The respect opposition defenders give him, allows him to dictate play even in the final third. His contribution is priceless to New York.

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3. Gilberto can score!

It took him ten appearances, but it was more than worth the wait, as Gilberto opened his MLS account with a free kick to be remembered. If you haven’t seen it, you need to.

He has lacked energy and hunger since his move stateside, but Friday night was a vast improvement.

Coming off the bench to score clearly shows there is something there; he just has to replicate it on a regular basis from now.

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