Recent signing Jesus Jimenez scored his first goal for Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon, to give fans an idea of what he’s capable of.
It didn’t take long for Jesus Jimenez to offer of glimpse of his potential. Appearing in just his second game for Toronto FC, he scored the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 preseason win over the Chicago Fire.
With his combination of alertness, technique and clinical finishing, TFC fans should be excited by what Jimenez has to offer. Further, his linkup with Alejandro Pozuelo is something which promises to become a regular feature once the real action begins.
Despite dominating most of the game, Toronto FC found it tough to break through (not helped by harsh weather conditions which even stopped play at one point). This is where someone like Jimenez could prove crucial in tight games, especially with Jozy Altidore now gone.
Head coach and sporting director Bob Bradley was understandably pleased with what he saw from Jimenez, as well as the buildup to the goal in general. As per James Grossi of TFC’s official website, Bradley said:
"“Just the quality of the passing, the timing. Jesús has real composure when he gets those type of chances, so nice to see him get his first goal.”"
Bradley had previously expressed his satisfaction with Jimenez after the forward made his TFC debut on Wednesday, against Austin FC. The Reds head coach is delighted with how well the 28-year-old has fit in with the other players.
Toronto FC announced the signing of Jimenez last Monday, on a contract which runs through 2024 and has a club option for 2025. Prior to moving to MLS, he played his entire career in Spain and Poland.
The Leganés, Spain native is a versatile player who is just as capable of creating goals as scoring them. He can play on the wing as well as up front and also often drops deep, just generally causing problems for opposing defenders with his excellent dribbling skills.
Of course it’s early days and one preseason goal does not mean much in the grand scheme of things. If it’s anything to go by though, Jimenez is going to prove to be an astute signing for the Reds.
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