On July 1, the MLS will get another star, as former Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne will officially make his move to Toronto FC. His contract reportedly will pay him an MLS-record $15m per season over 5 years. The Italian international comes to the MLS with 203 career goals+assists (114 G, 89 A).
Insigne has lots of energy and skill left in him, ready to take the league by storm. With Toronto FC sitting 12th place in the Eastern Conference, his arrival is desperately needed to save the season.
In 2022, he scored 11 goals and picked up eight assists in 32 matches while just the year before, he scored a career-best 19 goals. He was also arguably Italy's best attacker at Euro 2020 last summer, giving a reminder that he is far from done in terms of skill and talent.
The left winger is lethal when he cuts inside, capable of smashing the ball into the net with his powerful right foot. His marquee move will surely be a handful for the keepers in the MLS.
Insigne forms one of the best trios in the MLS with Alejandro Pozuelo and Jesus Jimenez. The two players have scored 11 of the team's 20 goals. With Insigne in the fold, the attacking trio will have opposing defenses on their heels at all times.
The Italian comes at a great time, as Toronto FC sits 12th place in the Eastern Conference with 15 points in 14 matches (4-3-8). Can Insigne save the team's season? If anyone could do it, it's him. If he plays how we know he can, Toronto will be an instant MLS Cup contender. The team sits just a few points out of an MLS Playoff spot with around 20 more matches remaining.
Only time will tell how Insigne will elevate the club, but Toronto FC should be one of the best teams in the MLS with the best player in the league come playoff time.