TFC newcomer Lambe impressive, eager in preseason
TORONTO – Reggie Lambe is looking to revive his career with Toronto FC.
“I just want to get out there and play and show everyone what I can do,” he said after the club’s training on Friday.
He’s done plenty of that since he was signed on Dec. 7, proving that he’s one of TFC’s important offseason acquisitions.
The 21-year-old Bermuda international was released by English second-division team Ipswich Town at the end of last season. TFC director of player development Paul Mariner, a former Ipswich player, felt that Lambe’s athleticism and speed would be a good fit for MLS.
“He really seemed interested in me and that’s what really made me come here,” Lambe said. “I’ve always been aware of MLS and always had it as an option, so coming here wasn’t anything new to me. I’m really enjoying myself.”
In fact, Lambe trained with TFC last year.
“We knew he was a young kid but a kid with a lot of quality,” head coach Aron Winter said. "He has got skills."
Lambe has been playing on the wing where he can use his considerable speed in the team’s early training. With returning Ecuadorean mighty-mite Joao Plata, he could give the Reds a speedy, dynamic pair of players attacking from the outside.
“I like any side,” Lambe told MLSsoccer.com last week. “It doesn’t matter to me. I normally switch during the games. I think I’m a more athletic person towards running and being fit, those sort of things.”
He also likes the idea that Winter has installed the 4-3-3 in Toronto.
“I love that,” he said. “I like playing pass, pass, one-twos. That’s my type of game.”