Lorenzo Insigne injured during Toronto FC's season-opener

Lorenzo Insigne injured during Toronto's season-opener vs. D.C. United.
Lorenzo Insigne injured during Toronto's season-opener vs. D.C. United. / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC dramatically fell 3-2 to D.C. United in their 2023 MLS season-opener at Audi Field, as an extra-time goal by Theodore Ku-DiPietro propelled the Black & Red to three points. 

It was a disappointing start to the new campaign, after failing to uphold the draw and losing star figure Lorenzo Insigne to an injury in the first half. The player exited the pitch in the 34th minute, after suffering a lower-body knock. He initially attempted to run off the injury, but quickly signaled to the Reds’ sidelines for a change. He was later seen visibly upset on the bench. 

Toronto FC head coach and sporting director Bob Bradley revealed the team had “no update” during the post-match press conference, admitting only that felt something in the lower leg [and] couldn’t continue."

The Italian set to partake in his first complete season with Toronto, after arriving last summer from Serie A side Napoli. He managed six goals and two assists in just 11 games, inciting excitement for the 2023 campaign. But the expectations were short lived after the first-half knock against D.C. United. 

For the time being, Bob Bradley must depend on Ayo Akinola, Adama Diomande and Federico Bernardeschi on the attack to overcome their mediocre 2022 season. The team concluded last season in 13th place of the Eastern Conference table with just 34 points in 34 games to miss out on playoffs. Despite a stellar roster, Bradley’s side underwhelmed. 

Toronto FC returns to the pitch on Saturday when facing Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.