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Reds Roundup: TFC Introduce Lorenzo "Il Magnifico" Insigne to Toronto + Oso & Mimmo headlines

By Staff, 06/28/22, 9:15AM EDT


Play. Inspire. Unite.

A renewed sense of excitement was palpable at TFC headquarters, as Lorenzo Insigne was introduced as newest Toronto FC Designated Player.

Toronto FC President Bill Manning and Head Coach & Sporting Director Bob Bradley met with the media to introduce Italian National Team star Lorenzo Insigne as the club’s new Designated Player.

The 31-year-old Napoli native left his hometown club, tallying 96 goals in 337 appearances, after agreeing to a move earlier this year.

In addition to a successful Serie A career, "Il Magnifico" has also totalled 54 appearances and 10 goals for the Italian National Team.

Insigne's best statistical season came in 2020-21 for SSC Napoli, where he scored 19 goals in 35 matches played. 

In coming to Toronto on a four-year deal said to be worth $45 million (an MLS record), Insigne vows to lead TFC back to championship form.

Watch the full press conference via the video player on the right side of the screen.

Toronto FC sign defender Domenico "Mimmo" Criscito

Toronto FC announced that the club has signed Italian international defender Domenico Criscito using Targeted Allocation Money through 2023. Criscito will occupy an international roster slot and will join the club pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

“Mimmo is a player who will add valuable veteran presence to our team,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “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.”

Criscito, 35, will join Toronto FC after spending the past 15 seasons split between Genoa CFC and Football Club Zenit, where he made a combined 498 appearances scoring 50 goals across top European competitions, including Serie A, Russian Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Europa League.

Criscito recently played the last four seasons (2019-2022) with Genoa, where he made 109 appearances and scored 20 goals in his third and latest stint with the Italian club. Criscito spent seven years with Russian top-flight club Zenit, where he made 224 appearances and scored 20 goals in all competitions. In seven seasons with Zenit, Criscito won three titles including: the Russian Premier Liga (2011/2012 and 2014/2015), the Russian Cup (2015/2016) and the Russian Super Cup (2015 and 2016).

Osorio named to Week 16 MLS Team of the Week

Ontario's own Jonathan Osorio has been named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 16. Osorio scored a beautiful goal in the 8th minute to open up the scoring for the Reds in their eventual 2-1 win over Atlanta United. Osorio also took home Man of the Match.

This is Osorio's second Team of the Week honour this season.

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