Lorenzo Insigne Returns to Action in Toronto FC's Defeat

After missing the last 8 matches with Toronto FC, Italian forward Lorenzo Insigne returned to the pitch wearing The Reds' jersey, as TFC suffered a 2-3 defeat at home.
Lorenzo Insigne Returns to Action in Toronto FC's Defeat.
Lorenzo Insigne Returns to Action in Toronto FC's Defeat. / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages

Having recovered from his injury sustained in the match against Atlanta United, Lorenzo Insigne finally made his way back into John Herdman's squad. Unfortunately, his return coincided with a painful defeat for the club, considering Toronto had been enjoying an unbeatable winning streak in all competitions.

Insigne managed to play for 16 minutes, and his first involvement saw him almost scoring, only to be denied by a fantastic save from New York City FC's goalkeeper, Matthew Freese. It was a near-certain goal for the Italian, following a superb assist from Federico Bernardeschi.

During his brief appearance, Insigne made 32 touches on the ball, achieving an 88% pass accuracy rate (23/26), showing an active participation in the few minutes he played in the match. However, his impact in the opponent's half was not decisive in this game, as he only succeeded in 1 out of 2 attempted dribbles.

The only shot he had came in the 76th minute, which was a clear opportunity expected to bring the score level to 2-2, but unfortunately, it was followed by a counterattack from the visitors, resulting in them scoring to make it 1-3 at that moment.

Insigne's adaptation to the demanding competition of the MLS is crucial, especially at a time when every point matters significantly for the teams, and particularly for Toronto FC's clear objective of reaching the playoffs in 2024. Their current 4th position in the Eastern Conference puts them in a favorable position, but they must be decisive in their upcoming matches to secure their spot.