Toronto FC wins as Italian duo shines in MLS debut

Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne both impressed in TFC’s romp over Charlotte on Saturday night.

Toronto FC wins as Italian duo shines in MLS debut
  • Toronto FC 4 (Osorio 4’; Bradley 10’, 45’+2’; Bernardeschi 31’), Charlotte FC 0
  • Goal and an assist for Bernardeschi; an assist for Insigne
  • Reds snap 5-game winless skid, record 1st clean sheet

TORONTO – And a pair of Italians shall lead them.

Inspired by Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne, a new-look Toronto FC played like world beaters on Saturday night, romping to a 4-0 victory over Charlotte FC before an announced crowd of 29,067 at BMO Field. The Reds scored four first-half goals for the first time in their history, and then comfortably held off the expansion side after the Italian duo exited following the halftime break.

Captain Michael Bradley bagged a brace, while Bernardeschi (a goal and assist) and Insigne (an assist) impressed in their MLS debuts. Jonathan Osorio also scored for Toronto (6-12-4), who snapped a five-match winless skid and registered its first clean sheet of the MLS campaign, and first in 30 consecutive league games.

“A really, really big night. You could feel it [beforehand], you got the sense over the last few days that it was going to shape up to be a special night, and it was in every way,” Michael Bradley offered.