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Toronto FC add Italian defender Domenico Criscito

Mar 19, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN;  Toronto FC logo on seat is covered in rain before an MLS game between D.C. United and Toronto FC at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC on Wednesday signed Italian international defender Domenico Criscito from former Serie A side Genoa.

Criscito, 35, joins Toronto FC on a Targeted Allocation Money deal through 2023.

“Mimmo is a player who will add a valuable veteran presence to our team,” Toronto FC president Bill Manning said in a statement. “He has played in a number of important games for his club and country in his career, has been a captain at Genoa, and we’re excited he will be joining our club.”

Toronto FC coach and sporting director Bob Bradley cited Criscito’s versatility and leadership as a boon for the team.

“Mimmo is a versatile defender who is a very good passer and a smart player,” Bradley said. “He can play as a left back or a center back and should be an excellent role model for our young players.”

Criscito, who has made 26 appearances with the Azzurri, has spent the past 15 seasons with either Genoa or Russian club Zenit.

–Field Level Media