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Toronto FC eyeing Genoa defender Domenico Criscito

Lizzy Becherano
Genoa CFC player Domenico Criscito could be looking to sign with Toronto FC
Genoa CFC player Domenico Criscito could be looking to sign with Toronto FC / Francesco Pecoraro/GettyImages

Toronto FC are close to signing Genoa defender Domenico Criscito, according to a report from Fabrizio Romano.

The 35-year-old has previously been linked with the Canadian Major League Soccer side as head coach and sporting director Bob Bradley continues to recondition their squad.

He would become Toronto’s second Italian signing of the offseason after the team finalized a deal to bring forward Lorenzo Insigne in the summer. Insigne currently captains Napoli.

Criscito stands as current captain of Italian side Genoa, where he’s recorded 29 goals and 31 assists in 269 appearances in all competitions since his debut in 2003. The player has also featured for Juventus and Zenit Saint Petersburg. 

During his stint with the Russian side, Criscito lifted two Premier League titles.

Internationally, Criscito has earned 26 caps with Italy’s national team, last featuring in an October 2018 friendly against Ukraine. He also formed part of the 2010 World Cup team, and started during all three group-stage games for the Azzurri.

After bringing in Bradley, Toronto has seen a revolution in the club. Their 2022 MLS season opener saw a 1-1 draw against FC Dallas, but deployed a new-look backline to give fans hope of immediate progress. 

Canadian homegrown players Jacob Shaffelburg and Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty started at fullback, while newest Designated Player Carlos Salcedo led at center back alongside Chris Mavinga. 

The team returns to action on March 5 against the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field.