The wait for Toronto FC supporters to watch Lorenzo Insigne make his Major League Soccer debut is almost over, with the Italian international set to make his debut in the second half of the 2022 season.
On June 24, the Italian will be formally introduced to the squad headquartered in Canada.
Insigne will be able to play for Toronto when they meet the San Jose Earthquakes at BMO Field on July 9. The former Napoli star is anticipated to make an instant influence on the club, which has struggled in Bob Bradley’s first year in command.
Toronto is presently ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference and has the third-lowest predicted goal total in Major League Soccer.
According to Second Spectrum, Toronto is also allowing the most predicted goals per 90 minutes in the league, and Bradley is hoping that Insigne can change that once he arrives.
The former Napoli attacker will be expected to contribute right away and to address underlying attacking concerns.
Insigne prefers to play on the left wing, which might provide Bradley with another offensive option to generate more opportunities from outside.
Insigne will make Toronto a better club going forward, but he will not alleviate the team’s defensive problems, with Bradley’s squad conceding 29 goals in 15 games.
LA Galaxy eliminated from the US Open Cup
In other news, Javier Chicharito Hernandez, who played 30 minutes in the second half, was unable to save the LA Galaxy, who were ousted from the US Open Cup quarterfinals after falling 2-1 to Sacramento Republic on Tuesday night.
The LA Galaxy played at Dignity Health Sports Park and failed to capitalise on their home edge.
Rodrigo Lopez scored in the fourth minute and Luis Felipe scored in the 70th for Sacramento, while Conor Donovan equalised for LA in the 18th.
As a consequence, the LA Galaxy are ousted from the competition in the last eight, while Sacramento awaits their opponent in the tournament’s semi-finals.
Sacramento took an early lead when the host team left some regular players on the bench, including Chicharito.
Rodrigo Lopez got the ball inside the box four minutes into the game and took a right-footed effort that Jonathan Klinsmann couldn’t stop.
Conor Donovan slammed the ball into his own net following a corner kick to bring the hosts back on equal terms in the 18th minute, giving them optimism.
But it was the Sacramento club who took the lead in the second half. In the 60th minute, LA Galaxy coach Greg Vanney introduced Chicharito, Victor Vazquez, and Julian Araujo, but the substitutes had little effect.
Luis Lopez scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute with a left-footed strike from outside the area, advancing the USL Championship squad to the semi-finals.