Top 10: Sunderland set to conclude tour of North America with Toronto test

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Sunderland conclude their tour of North America against Jermain Defoe’s former club Toronto.

Dick Advocaat’s men played two games in the US before flying to Canada for the final leg of their pre-season tour.

Next up is Toronto in the early hours of Thursday morning and we’ll be live blogging the match. You can follow the action by clicking here.

To get you in the mood, here are 10 facts about the Canadians...

Share of the spoils: Toronto have shared their ground, BMO Field, with three other teams since it opened: the Canadian national men and women’s football teams and the national rugby side.

New on the block: Toronto were founded only nine years ago, in 2006 - a huge 127 years after the Black Cats.

Carver in command: Former Magpies boss John Carver took charge of Toronto for a 14-month period, starting in 2008, before resigning.

The big three: Toronto are one of only three Canadian clubs to compete in the MLS. The other two are Montreal Impact (East) and Vancouver Whitecaps (West).

Go east: Toronto play in the Eastern Conference of the MLS - the United States’ top division. The Canadians currently sit third, behind only D.C. United and New York Red Bulls.

Sebastian Giovinco: The Italian midfielder-cum-striker, formally of Juventus, currently tops Toronto’s scoring charts for the season with 11 goals.

Jozy Altidore: The American went in the opposite direction after grabbing just three goals for Sunderland. Since leaving, he’s notched seven in 12.

Steven Caldwell: The Ex-Sunderland and Newcastle defender joined Toronto from Birmingham in 2013 and has played nearly 50 games for the side.

Jermain Defoe: The Sunderland forward joined the club from Toronto in January after an unsettled spell, despite scoring 12 goals in 17 games.

Brit abroad: Another ex-Premier League player to watch out for is ex-Swansea striker Luke Moore.

As the only journalist from the North East following the club overseas, our SAFC reporter Chris Young has been bringing you all the latest on new signings, what we can learn from the friendly games and updates from head coach Dick Advocaat and his squad.

He will also be live blogging the matches and hosting live Q&As on the Sunderland Echo site which can be accessed by clicking here.