FRIDAY, MAR. 9: Reggie Lambe debuted for his new team Toronto FC in a game against the LA Galaxy in a stadium of 45,000 fans.
While Toronto didn’t win despite a 2-0 lead on Wednesday night, Lambe says it was a great experience.
The game was a CONCAF Champions League match and the final score was 2-2.
Lambe came on in the second half.
Speaking exclusively to the Bermuda Sun, he said: “Coming on, it felt okay to come in the game but I think I could’ve done more to get involved in the game.
“I felt comfortable playing but it was my first game so you can really expect better things from me.
“I don’t think it was one of my better games.
“I know I can play much better but it was just coming into a game where we’re winning and knowing that you had to work on keeping the lead.”
About playing against David Beckham, Lambe said: “Watching a game and being in the game, he got on the ball a lot.
“They always try to play everything through him. He was sort of the quarterback of their team.
“I think if we limit the amount of time he gets the ball then they wouldn’t really have an attack.”
As for how the game compared with his first game playing at Ipswich, the 21-year-old said: “My first game at Ipswich — it wasn’t as many people first of all and it wasn’t really such a big game.
“It was more relaxed because it wasn’t so high, like a two-legged tie ,where you have to go to the next round.
“It was just a league game, which was important, but this was a knockout game so it had much more emphasis in going to the next round.” And Wednesday’s game featured a completely full stadium.
Lambe said: “The crowd got behind us and they were lovely.
“To just have all the fans there and know that they’re for your side, it was just good to have them cheering and rooting for their team and to get behind their players.”
He continued: “I think the fans just want to see a team do good so they want to support us as much as they can so we can feel comfortable playing for them.
“They haven’t really had much success in Toronto so as long as we’re bringing success, the fans will be behind us.”
As for Bermudian support, Lambe said: “I know a lot of people tuned in to watch.
“I didn’t expect that many people but the support from everyone in Bermuda was magnificent.
“I just hope everyone switched their team to Toronto FC.”