Like the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly, Toronto FC has made its cocoon to come back in force in 2022, after a season as surprising as it is disastrous. With the arrival of Lorenzo Insigne, we are aiming for long-term success in the Queen City.
It wasn’t long before the team felt sorry for themselves as they finished second to last in the Eastern Association of Major League Soccer (MLS) standings and lost the final of the Canadian Championship against CF Montreal. The signings of winger Lorenzo Insigne and defenseman Shane O’Neill are proof of that.
“We have several irons in the fire and I believe we will close more deals in the next few weeks which will take us to day one with a very different team from a year ago. We may have to wait for the window [des transferts] summer for some players to join us, but we see far and we want to use Lorenzo as a basis to move forward, ”said Toronto FC president Bill Manning on Saturday in an interview with the website of the MLS.
We must add to this the departures for England of defender Richie Laryea and that to FC Dallas of Dom Dwyer, which had a significant impact on the « Reds ».
Manning explained that the next additions will be in an effort to « amplify the talent » of Insigne. While the Italian is sure to attract some interesting catches, the addition of respected coach Bob Bradley will certainly have a positive impact as well.
“Bob has a good idea of how we’re going to play soccer and what he would like to see,” Manning said. These conversations take place on a daily basis, in regards to how we are going to move forward, improve in defense and build [le club]. «
“The team is in transformation. It is not yet completed, ”said the president, who undoubtedly has more than one trick up his sleeve.