When Toronto FC unveiled the ‘Bloody Big Deal’ that was Jermain Defoe last January, they held the Press conference at a sports bar with fans chanting from the balcony and double-decker buses parked outside. On Monday, the team proved they learned their less打鱼平台on when they officially announced the acquisition of Italian international, Sebastian Giovinco.
This time the Press conference was held at the Air Canada Centre with the player not even present. Despite the announcement of what should be perceived as an even bigger deal than that of Defoe’s, Giovinco was still in Turin with Juventus, where he will remain until June.
The Press event confirmed Giovinco has signed a Designated Player deal, meaning Toronto can pay him whatever they want with only a small portion counting against the team's salary cap. Each MLS team is only allowed three Designated Players and while Giovinco becomes Toronto's fourth Designated Player, a new collective bargaining agreement is currently being negotiated and will likely see the creation of an additional Designated Player spot. If not, expect Toronto’s Brazilian striker, Gilberto to be on his way out.
“I am excited to sign with Toronto FC today and look forward to joining the club this summer,” said Giovinco in a statement. “I have heard so many great things about Toronto over the years and I know that it will be a city that I feel right at home in. Until then, I have many things I still want to accomplish for Juventus and our fans. I will always give my heart and soul for Juve until I change shirts this summer.”
Giovinco will play alongside American internationals Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore as part of a revamped Toronto FC squad. Head Coach, Greg Vanney plans on deploying a 4-3-3 set-up which will likely see the 27-year-old feature as a trequartista behind Altidore.
Toronto have been searching for a creative spark since missing out of the playoffs for the eightth straight season and they believe they have found their man in Giovinco.
“Sebastian Giovinco is a complete player with the ability to not only create but also to score goals as he’s澳门娱乐 proven throughout his career in Italy,” said Vanney on Monday.
In late November, Canadian outlet TSN reported Toronto’s interest in Chilean midfielder, Matias Fernandez but the Fiorentina man was not interested in an MLS move.
Giovinco will become the first Italian to ply his trade for Toronto, a city with one of the largest Italian populations outside 365bet开户官网of the peninsula. The club begins play at what will be a newly renovated and expanded BMO Field starting in May. The stadium will see an additional 8,400 seats built, bringing the capacity up to over 30,000 and Giovinco will undoubtedly help draw a crowd.
The Atomic Ant becomes the first European player to make the move across the pond in the prime of his career and reportedly will become the highest paid player in MLS history. Indeed, the signing of Giovinco is easily the biggest acquisition for the League since the arrival of David Beckham in 2007 and has set a new standard for incoming Designated Players.
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