Los Angeles, June 29, 2022 (AFP) – Toronto FC announced on Wednesday the signing of veteran defender Domenico Criscito, the third player to have played for the Italian national team to reach the North American League (MLS) this month .
Criscito, 35, was in Genoa and has reached an agreement to play at least a year in the Canadian franchise.
In addition to his last stint with the Italian team (2018-2022), Criscito also played seven seasons at Russian Zenit and another five at Juventus. With the ‘Azzurra’ team, he played 26 matches and took part in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“Mimmo will add a valuable presence and experience to our squad,” Toronto FC chairman Bill Manning said in a statement. “He played important games for club and country in his career, captained Genoa and we are delighted he has joined our club.”
Toronto FC, who sit a disappointing 11th place in the Eastern Conference, are confident of moving up the ranks thanks to their recent signings, in particular Italian striker Lorenzo Insigne.
The former Napoli captain was introduced on Monday and is expected to be one of MLS’s highlights over the coming seasons.
Another iconic player in Italian football, veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini, has signed with Los Angeles FC and will be officially unveiled on Wednesday.
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