Toronto usher in a new era with a dominant win against Charlotte FC
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Saturday, July 23, 2022
All the attention was on Bernardeschi and Insigne, who made their MLS debuts. The Italian wingers were members of Italy's Euro Cup winning squad last July. Both players were met with a loud ovation when their names were announced in the starting lineup.
TFC's management have been active this past month as they made another addition to their backline as Canadian defender Doneil Henry was signed for the remainder of the season to add depth to the central defender position, which was a void that needed to filled following the departure of Carlos Salcedo.
Insigne made his presence felt early on. He found his teammates with crisp passes and created plays in the open space. The team fed off the energy of the passionate crowd at BMO Field. They were loud from the opening whistle and were cheering Insigne every time he touched the ball.
Toronto swarmed Charlotte in the opening moments of the match. They were dictated the pace of play and Charlotte were unable to match their intensity on both ends of the field.
Osorio opened up the scoring in the 4th minute after the ball took a deflection off him as he was pressing in the box. He never gave up on the play and was rewarded with an early goal.
TFC's onslaught continued as they capitalized on a set-piece play to extend their lead. Bernardeschi's cross found Bradley, who headed the ball past Charlotte goalkeeper Kristijan Kahlina and extended Toronto's lead to 2-0 only 10 minutes into the match.
Bernardeschi continued Toronto's dominant half by striking a fantastic shot from well outside the box that beat Kahlina for his first MLS goal and first goal in a Toronto FC uniform.
Toronto added another goal before the end of the first-half after Insigne found Bradley, who maneuvered past the defenders and chipped ball over the goalkeeper for his second of the match. Osorio intercepting the ball began the play that ultimately led to Bradley's first-half brace.