Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco said he is happy to play in Major League Soccer and added that he will work hard to earn his spot back in the aftermath of being left off Italy's 30-man preliminary squad for Euro 2016.
On Tuesday, Italy manager Antonio Conte said that Giovinco and New York City FC midfielder Andrea Pirlo wouldn't be on the squad, and fired a shot across the bow of MLS in the process.
But Giovinco said he would use the omission as incentive to earn Conte's good graces again.
Excluding Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco from his squad for the European Championship isn't a decision Antonio Conte will have taken lightly. Already during the final international break of 2015, he acknowledged that he would have to be "very cold" in his decision about whether to select them or not. It was the offseason at the time in MLS, and neither were called up for the friendlies against Belgium and Romania.
Both were overlooked again over the last international break at the end of...
Italy coach Antonio Conte said that he left Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco out of his squad of 30 players leading up to Euro 2016 because they opted to play Major League Soccer.
Former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Pirlo was a surprise omission, having been convinced by Conte to reassess his plan to retire after the 2014 World Cup.
Pirlo, 37, played a part in Italy qualifying for Euro 2016, but he has not featured since playing in the 1-0 win over Malta last September, and Conte admitted...
Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dax McCarty each scored twice and the New York Red Bulls routed New York City FC 7-0 on Saturday to tie the MLS record for largest margin of victory.
McCarty put away a header into the top-right corner, off a corner from Sacha Kjelstan, in the third minute, and Wright-Phillips added two goals -- the second coming on a bicycle kick in stoppage time -- as the Red Bulls (4-7-1) took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Wright-Phillps, who was scoreless in his first seven matches this...