Julio Cesar: MLS rivals Premier League in organization, atmosphere, fans

Friday March 21st, 2014

Goaltender Julio Cesar (right) celebrated a win Toronto FC teammates  in his MLS debut. (AP) Goaltender Julio Cesar (right) celebrated a win with Toronto FC teammates in his MLS debut. (AP)

Toronto FC goalkeeper Julio Cesar rates Major League Soccer on par with the Premier League when it comes to organization, atmosphere and fans.

Cesar played two seasons with Queens Park Rangers before coming on loan to Toronto FC last month. The 34-year-old Brazilian's resume also includes Italian, European and Club World Cup championships at Inter Milan and two Confederations Cup titles with the Seleção.

Cesar liked what he saw in his introduction to MLS play and fans while helping the Reds beat the Seattle Sounders, 2-1, in his league debut last weekend.

"Queens Park Rangers in the first year was wonderful, other than the relegation," Cesar told Globo Esporte. "The Premier League has a fantastic organisation, the stadiums are always full and there is a great respect for the players from the fans.

"I must say though that what I'm seeing in the MLS is not much different from what I saw in England. The organisation is wonderful and the fans are very creative, it is one thing that I never thought I would find here."

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