Some random thoughts I had on Toronto FC as the team remains on a break until Sept. 16 when it hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps at BMO Field (7:30 p.m. ET/Apple TV).
Italian DPs showing signs of becoming genuine leaders
One of the many criticisms of Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi have been their lack of leadership since coming to Toronto FC. It's just one reason why the Reds have suffered through a nightmarish 2023 campaign.
The club was in desperate need of leaders during captain Michael Bradley's prolonged absence – the veteran midfielder missed 20 games in all competitions from April to August with a hamstring injury. But neither of the Italians stepped up in any meaningful way while Bradley was out, and they continued to be guided by their self-interests and play as nothing more than highly paid mercenaries.