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Italian veteran Chiellini excited to hitch younger LAFC roster

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Giorgio Chiellini holds up his jersey in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, during an introductory news conference as a member of Los Angeles FC. Chiellini is coming to the United States and Major League Soccer following 15 years with Juventus in Italy's Serie A. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy)
Giorgio Chiellini holds up his jersey in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, during an introductory news conference as a member of Los Angeles FC. Chiellini is coming to the United States and Major League Soccer following 15 years with Juventus in Italy's Serie A. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy)
Giorgio Chiellini holds up his jersey in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, during an introductory news conference as a member of Los Angeles FC. Chiellini is coming to the United States and Major League Soccer following 15 years with Juventus in Italy's Serie A. (AP Photo/Joe Reedy)

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Giorgio Chiellini holds up his jersey in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, throughout an introductory information convention as a member of Los Angeles FC. Chiellini is coming to the US and Main League Soccer following 15 years with Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. (AP Photograph/Joe Reedy)

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Giorgio Chiellini holds up his jersey in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, throughout an introductory information convention as a member of Los Angeles FC. Chiellini is coming to the US and Main League Soccer following 15 years with Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. (AP Photograph/Joe Reedy)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Georgio Chiellini is hoping Los Angeles FC’s younger roster may also help him at the least partially rediscover the fountain of youth.

In return, the veteran Italian defender appears to assist the membership seize its first Main League Soccer championship.

“I might say that LAFC is the right crew for me as a result of the crew is stuffed with younger gamers. I believe they may also help me,” the 37-year outdated Chiellini stated Wednesday throughout his introductory press convention at Banc of California Stadium. “Certainly it’s inconceivable for me to have the identical bodily attribute like 10 years in the past, however I can convey additionally one thing to them, and we have now to create a great combine with expertise and enthusiasm with youthful gamers with the intention to turn out to be a winner.”

LAFC went into Wednesday night time’s match in opposition to FC Dallas with the league’s greatest report at 10-3-3. LAFC received the Supporters Protect because the league’s high crew within the common season in 2019, however has not had postseason success. It missed the playoffs for the primary time final 12 months.

“The crew is improbable,” Chiellini stated. “As I stated earlier than, I don’t have to vary one thing or to convey one thing particular. Simply so as to add what I’m and hope to proceed on this method as a result of we’re on the high and we have now to complete on the high, however it’s a protracted journey.”

Chiellini had been at Juventus since 2005, capturing 9 Serie A and 5 Coppa Italia titles. He additionally performed his remaining match June 1 for Italy’s nationwide crew.

Chiellini stated talks a few potential transfer stateside started final 12 months, however didn’t speed up till March after Italy did not high quality for this 12 months’s World Cup.

For a league the place many of the massive signings are geared towards younger, attacking forwards, the addition of Chiellini goes in opposition to the grain, however he additionally stated one thing that’s generally stated in American soccer.

“I learn within the U.S. that the forwards, that the attackers promote tickets, that the protection win the league. Then that is my aim and my goal,” he stated.

Chiellini will give LAFC a veteran presence at middle again. Eddie Segura has not performed this season resulting from a knee damage and the place has been cut up between Jesus Murillo and Mamadou Fall.

Chiellini can be eligible to make his LAFC debut after the secondary switch window opens July 7. The membership’s first match after the window opens is in opposition to archrival LA Galaxy on July 8.

Gareth Bale might additionally make his debut within the rivalry sport dubbed El Trafico by the followers of each golf equipment, however his immigration paperwork continues to be being processed.

The additions of Chiellini and Bale, together with re-signing 2019 MLS MVP Carlos Vela, ought to preserve LAFC among the many league’s high golf equipment the remainder of the season. However Vela stated Tuesday loads of work stays to be executed.

“It doesn’t matter what number of years you’ve performed in some place,” Vela stated. “You need to put within the effort, and you must do what’s greatest for the crew. Now we have now plenty of expertise coming in, so we simply have to determine what’s greatest for the crew, put it in and go for it. It’s the one method we’re going to win a trophy.”

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