Soccer-TFC on suicide watch after Defoe and Bradley signings
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By Steve Keating TORONTO, Jan 13 (Reuters) - - Toronto FC's decision to sign England striker Jermain Defoe and U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley is akin to committing financial suicide, Tim Leiweke, the man who masterminded the deals, said on Monday. But if Leiweke, president of TFC owners Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), and all those involved in the reported $100 million deal were really preparing for economic hara-kiri they were doing it with a smile on their faces. There were no frowns anywhere as MLSE, whose sporting portfolio also includes the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Raptors, introduced Defoe and Bradley during a splashy unveiling at a popular upscale sports bar. Defoe, who joined from Tottenham Hotspur where he was the Premier League club's fifth highest scorer with 142 goals and Bradley, a hard-nosed midfielder lured from Serie A giants AS Roma, joined Brazilian striker Gilberto to cap an off-season shopping spree never before seen in Major League Soccer.
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