Sports: Insigne pulls out of MLS all-star skills challenge due to family medical situation

Tuesday's Voyageurs Cup loss a nightmare for TFC coach Bradley in more ways than one

  Tuesday's Voyageurs Cup loss a nightmare for TFC coach Bradley in more ways than one Other than a player suffering a major injury, Tuesday night’s Canadian Championship final at BC Place had the worst possible outcome for Toronto FC and coach Bob Bradley. Losing the game on penalty kicks to the host Vancouver Whitecaps was tough, as was, undoubtedly, watching ‘Caps manager Vanni Sartini strip off his shirt, roll on the ground and dance on the field when the game ended. “We said from Day 1 that the Canadian Championship was one of our important trophies,” Sartini told reporters after guiding the Caps to their second-ever Voyageurs Cup. “We didn’t do well in the previous years. And it means everything because we are a very good team.

TORONTO — A medical issue involving Italian star Lorenzo Insigne's family prompted Toronto FC to delay its flight out of Nashville on the weekend.

  Insigne pulls out of MLS all-star skills challenge due to family medical situation © Provided by The Canadian Press

Toronto coach Bob Bradley said Insigne "was made aware of a family health situation" after the team boarded its charter following Saturday's 4-3 win over Nashville SC.

"We actually delayed our takeoff for 45 minutes just to make sure that he was comfortable with things at that moment," Bradley said. "We got home and everything has been monitored since. But it's very important that in this time he's with his family.

"I think everything's going to be OK. But you could tell that he was upset and emotional. And everybody supports him."

Italian stars learning on the job as Toronto FC completes marathon week in MLS

  Italian stars learning on the job as Toronto FC completes marathon week in MLS FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The learning curve in Major League Soccer continues for Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi. The Italian stars played their first three games for Toronto FC, including two on artificial turf, and travelled more than 8,000 kilometres this week as the team went from BMO Field to Vancouver and back before flying to Boston. Goalkeeper Alex Bono called it a "trial by fire" for the two new designated players. "I'd like toThe Italian stars played their first three games for Toronto FC, including two on artificial turf, and travelled more than 8,000 kilometres this week as the team went from BMO Field to Vancouver and back before flying to Boston.

The 31-year-old Insigne, married with two sons, pulled out of the MLS all-star skills competition due to his family situation.

The former Napoli captain, who opened his MLS scoring account in Nashville with a highlight-reel goal, had been scheduled to fly to Minneapolis for Tuesday's all-star skills competition. The all-star game goes Wednesday, pitting MLS stars against a Liga MX all-star squad from Mexico.


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Insigne was replaced by FC Cincinnati's Brandon Vasquez in the all-star skills challenge which pits 10 MLS players against 10 LIGA MX players in five events.

Insigne took part in Toronto training Tuesday and looked at ease, walking out with a smile.

Fullback Richie Laryea, back with the club on loan from Nottingham Forest, was absent, having returned to England to complete his move. He is expected back in time for Saturday's home game against the Portland Timbers.

Midfielders Mark-Anthony Kaye and Noble Okello, both returning from injury, worked out on their own while the rest of the team practised.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 9, 2022

Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Toronto FC's Richie Laryea, Lorenzo Insigne named to MLS Team of the Week .
Toronto FC players Richie Laryea and Lorenzo Insigne have been named to the Week 25 MLS Team of the Week after the Reds’ 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers at BMO Field on Saturday. The nod marks Laryea’s first TOTW inclusion since his return to TFC (on loan from Nottingham Forest), while Insigne makes the bench for the second consecutive week. Laryea picked up assists on goals by fellow Canadian international Jonathan Osorio and Italian star Federico Bernardeschi. Sandwiched between those two goals was perhaps the moment of the night courtesy of Insigne. Il Magnifico made his mark in front latching onto a lovely chip from captain Michael Bradley.

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