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Toronto FC has a chance to enter the house with Lorenzo Insigne

Toronto FC’s Lorenzo Insigne will provide some added veteran leadership to the Reds and bolster the club’s offence.
Toronto FC Lorenzoin Signe adds veteran leadership to the Reds and enhances the club's offensive. Photo: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters

Lorenzo (Il Magnifico) The Reds are heading for a spectacular part of the schedule, just as Insigne joins the club.

Toronto FC will play four consecutive MLS games at home, starting with the Atlanta United match on Saturday at BMO Field.

It's exciting for Bob Bradley and the club's fan base, but of course, even more exciting is Incine's wearing a TFC uniform.

Incine brings a lot to the table and the Reds can get his help. TFC is in 12th place at the MLS Eastern Conference (4W 8L 3D), 5 points away from the playoff spots. However, the club beat MLS rival CF Montréal 4-0 in the Canadian Championship semi-finals Wednesday night. Incine, captain of Italy and Naples, will add veteran leadership to the Reds, ensuring that most of the injured players have returned to the lineup and are steadily strengthening the club's attacks, which are showing signs of recent life. Having Insigne, Alejandro Pozuero, Jesus Jimenez, Ayoa Kinora, and Jonathan Osorio all on the field definitely means a lot of goals and causes nightmares for TFC opponents. Incine's preferred position is the left, but he can also play as a second striker and in the left midfield, giving Bradley many offensive options. In 11 seasons with Naples, Incine played 417 games, scored 114 goals and scored 95 assists in all tournaments.

And while Incine's arrival is foretold by the TFC fan base, one player brings a mediocre team to the championship, no matter how good he is. You have to remember that you can't. The whole team needs to step up. TFC keeper Quentin Westberg, who was aiming to shut out with Montreal on Wednesday, said the Reds couldn't expect Incine to land in Toronto and suddenly lead the team to great success. Expecting Incine to lead the TFC to the promised land soon puts a great deal of pressure on the small shoulders of the 5'4 Italians.

"To be very careful about it, he's another teammate. It's great that his quality is improving. He and he I hope his family feels great (in Toronto) and he will settle here as soon as possible, but football is not basketball, "Westberg said. "We are 11 years old. I have never seen one person lift everyone. It's all about creating a more positive environment, not expecting everything from one person. And we Upon entering the field, I realize that there are 18 and 35 years old and everything is in between. As great as his reinforcements, but relying on superheroes coming (and doing everything) Can't and can't expect much from his shoulders. If he starts waiting to move the mountain (alone), I think it's bad for us. It's one helluva shortcut. Individual You need to create a favorable environment for your hero to stand out. You can't expect one player to trigger everything. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

"Alone, Like him, it can have a very positive impact. Don't get me wrong, "Westberg added. “But we need to create an environment for success.”

Insigne's inclusion does not address TFC's leak protection. The Reds have abandoned 29 goals in 15 MLS games. This is the most common at the Eastern Conference, but Wednesday's match against CF Montréal posted the first clean sheet since September last year. The TFC was reportedly with one or two other Serie A players, including Genoa's Domenico Criscito, Turin striker Andrea Belotti, and Juventus winger / offensive midfielder Federico Bernardeschi. I am considering a contract with. The Italian media is full of reports that 35-year-old Criscito may be on his way to Toronto. His club, Genoa, has moved to Serie B, so Criscito may accept the move.

Insigne will arrive in Toronto on Friday to attend an event in Little Italy (Clinton and College) around 5 pm. According to reports from Italy, 31-year-old Naples-born wife Jenny enjoyed a short vacation on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia after the Serie A season was over. Incine has two boys, Carmine (9 years old) and Christian (7 years old).

TFC signed a contract with Insigne in January. This is the most profitable MLS deal in history, reported at $ 15 million per season over four years. This puts a lot of pressure on both the TFC and the club. The MLS secondary transfer window will open on July 7, so Insigne's TFC's first match will be on July 9, when San Jose Earthquakes visited BMO Field. If he is healthy and ready to play. Natives in Naples have recently suffered from the "small calf problem".

Insigne may have been impressed by Toronto's match against Montreal on Wednesday night. The Reds will face Vancouver in the Voyageurs Cup final in July after Vancouver beat York United on the CPL side 2-1 in a brace in the second half from forward Brian White in the other semi-final on Wednesday. increase. The winner of the final will be awarded the Voyageurs Cup and a trip to next year's Conca Cuff Champions League tournament.

Toronto won the 2020 Canadian Championship title (postponed for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic) against Forge FC on the CPL side on June 4th, two in one season Have a shot to win one Voyageurs Cup.

TFC won eight record Canadian Championships, Montreal five times and the Whitecaps one.

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