Giovinco will join Toronto as a Designated Player, taking the teams total number of DP’s to four, and so it is likely that Gilberto will be moved on before the season gets underway, or allocation money will have to be moved around to fit him in as a non-DP.
Giovinco has scored 20 goals with 23 assists in 130 appearances for Juventus and has chosen to join Toronto despite strong interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs – a major boost for Major League Soccer.
“Today marks a very special day for Toronto FC with the addition of Sebastian Giovinco,” Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko said.
“Seba is in the prime of his career and he has chosen to join Toronto FC and MLS at a time when many of the top clubs in the world were pursuing him. We are very pleased to bring a fantastic player to Toronto FC for our club and for our fans, especially those in the Italian community.”
The player was not personally at today’s press conference as the team announced his signing but he has spoke of his delight at securing a move to MLS and is looking forward to moving to the Canadian city.
“I am excited to sign with Toronto FC today and look forward to joining the club this summer,” the Italian said. “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.”
Toronto has not made the playoffs in any of its eight seasons in MLS and there will be no excuses at no making them this year.
Having Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco in the side makes Toronto a side to be feared and they should be a real attacking force in 2015.
Giovinco will wear the number 10 jersey when he moves to Toronto in July and his first game could see him play against reigning MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy in a match that could also see Steven Gerrard make his debut for the Galaxy.
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