The Italian job is working out nicely for Toronto FC.
Late goals by Italian stars Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi lifted Toronto to a 3-1 win over Portland in Major League Soccer play Saturday night, ending the Timbers’ unbeaten run at 10 games.
TFC (8-12-5) is now unbeaten in four games (3-0-1) since the Italian duo took the field, collecting 10 of a possible 12 points with Insigne and Bernardeschi leading the way. The club had managed just eight points in its previous 14 league games (2-10-2) dating back to mid-April.
Bernardeschi (three goals and two assists) and Insigne (two goals and one assist) have been involved in eight of Toronto’s last 10 goals.
Toronto coach Bob Bradley, who must have been awaiting their midseason arrival like a kid on Christmas Eve, is not surprised.
“Look, these guys bring some special qualities,” he said by way of understatement.
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