Giorgio Chiellini is hoping Los Angeles FC’s young roster can help him

Giorgio Chiellini is hoping Los Angeles FC’s young roster can help him

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In return, the veteran Italian defender looks to help the club capture its first Major League Soccer championship.

Chiellini thinks the youth can help him

Giorgio Chiellini is hoping Los Angeles FC’s young roster can help him at least partially rediscover the fountain of youth. In return, the veteran Italian defender looks to help the club capture its first Major League Soccer championship. “I would say that LAFC is the perfect team for me because the team is full of young players. I think they can help me,” the 37-year-old Chiellini said Wednesday during his introductory press conference at Banc of California Stadium. “Surely, I can’t have the same physical characteristic as ten years ago, but I can also bring something to them. We have to create a good mix of experience and enthusiasm with younger players to become a winner.”

According to Giorgio, the LAFC team is fantastic

LAFC went into Wednesday night’s match against FC Dallas with the league’s best record at 10-3-3. LAFC won the Supporters Shield as the league’s top team in the regular season in 2019 but has not had postseason success. It missed the playoffs for the first time last year. “The team is fantastic,” Chiellini said. “As I said before, I don’t have to change or bring something special. Just to add what I am and hope to continue in this way because we are at the top and we have to finish at the top, but it’s a long trip.” Chiellini had been at Juventus since 2005, capturing nine Serie A and five Coppa Italia titles. He also played his final match on June 1 for Italy’s national team.

The Italian will give LAFC a veteran presence at centre-back

Chiellini said talks about a potential move stateside began last year but didn’t accelerate until March after Italy failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup. For a league where most of the big signings are geared toward young, attacking forwards, the addition of Chiellini goes against the grain, but he also said something that is commonly told in American football. “I read in the U.S. that the forwards, that the attackers sell tickets, that the defence win the league. Then this is my goal and my target,” he said. Chiellini will give LAFC a veteran presence at centre-back. Eddie Segura has not played this season due to a knee injury, and the position has been split between Jesus Murillo and Mamadou Fall.

Chiellini will be eligible to make his LAFC debut after the secondary transfer window opens on July 7. The club’s first match after the window opens is against archrival LA Galaxy on July 8. Gareth Bale could also make his debut in the rivalry game dubbed El Trafico by the fans of both clubs, but his immigration paperwork is still being processed. The additions of Chiellini and Bale and re-signing of 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela should keep LAFC among the league’s top clubs for the rest of the season. But Vela said Tuesday that plenty of work remains to be done.

“It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve played in some place,” Vela said. “You have to put in the effort, and you have to do what is best for the team. Now we have a lot of talent coming in, so we just have to figure out what’s best for the team, put it in and go for it. It’s the only way we’re going to win a trophy.”

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