Two of the biggest catches of the current MLS transfer window made their debuts last weekend, in what was week 21 of the 2022 calendar.
Veteran Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, Euro 2020 champion, started Los Angeles FC’s game in Nashville and played for around an hour. A few minutes later, his new teammate Gareth Bale, a five-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid, also made his MLS debut.
It’s good for the club, even if their first performances weren’t sensational, and it’s good for the league too, which is talking a little more this summer on the soccer planet. Will these two players allow LAFC, already dominating this season, to take a step forward and reach the MLS Cup final?
This is the bet of the Californian organization and it will be worth keeping an eye on the club between now and the end of the season.
The debuts of these two world soccer stars were certainly a highlight of the last week in MLS.
Here are four more:
Party at Stade Saputo
CF Montreal somewhat kept its supporters in suspense on Saturday evening against a Toronto FC which was however completely off its feet while awaiting the arrival of its two new Italian stars Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi. Wilfried Nancy’s team dominated the game and it was nice to see, but it took until the 69th minute before Montreal scored the only goal of the game. Yes, Toronto goaltender Alex Bono had a big game, but Montreal has only scored four times in its last four outings.
We will have to find more finishing in the coming weeks. The good news in this sense is that Montreal point guard Djordje Mihailovic has played his first minutes since the end of May, on Saturday, and his return to the game will (normally) do a lot of good.
The other big story was Nancy’s decision to send goalkeeper James Pantemis into the fray instead of Sebastian Breza, who hasn’t really been at his best this season. Pantemis was able to do the necessary the few times that Toronto was threatening. There was a festive atmosphere at Saputo, especially since the organization took advantage of this derby to salute the career of the great Mauro Biello.
In the meantime, the “Impact” remains in fourth place in the East. It’s a great accomplishment, but the hardest part is coming. Maybe reinforcements wouldn’t hurt…
four in three
Speaking of reinforcements, what about “Cucho” Hernandez’s debut with the Crew? The 23-year-old Colombian, the club’s new Designated Player from the Premier League, has four goals in three appearances in 90 minutes, an MLS record. He scored twice against DC United on Wednesday before hitting the target again on Sunday in a 2-0 win over Ohio rivals FC Cincinnati.
It’s going well in Minnesota
Minnesota United striker Luis Amarilla had the best pass of the weekend on Saturday, winging his dangerous teammate “Bebelo” Reynoso with a wing, who wasted no time in finishing the job in a win of 2-0 against DC United.
Author of the two goals of the game, Reynoso has been on fire since the beginning of the month and Minnesota has not lost in its last five games. The team sits fourth in the standings in the West.
Minnesota United: what a pass and what a goal! –
There was New York Derby in New Jersey on Sunday, where New York City FC went on to win 1-0 against the Red Bulls to stay one point behind the Philadelphia Union and first place in the league. ‘East.
The decisive goal came from the essential Argentinian striker “Taty” Castellanos, the first goalscorer in the league with now 13 successes. And he was great:
Castellanos Gives NYCFC Victory –
That’s all well and good, but there’s a problem: Called to leave the club for some time in return for a few million dollars, Castellanos is growing impatient as City drag things out in order to get his price. A departure this summer seems inevitable, however, and while it will be good for the coffers of the club and the league, his absence will present a significant sporting challenge for the club.
Quite a game between Miami and Charlotte on Saturday night, as Inter managed to overturn a 2-0 deficit after the hour mark to ultimately win 3-2. The match resulted in some fine goals, including that of Miami Finnish winger Robert Taylor. Gonzalo Higuain, now “reduced” to the role of luxury substitute, did his job well by hitting the target in a second game in a row.
Miami comes back and wins against Charlotte –
The usually miserable Chicago Fire is coming off a back-to-back win, the latest against the Seattle Sounders, who are on three straight losses.
Nice half-volley by Jackson Yueill, of the Earthquakes, against Dynamo:
And finally, what service from Thiago Almada on this goal from Juan Sanchez Purata which allowed Atlanta to extract a draw from Orlando City!