Digital Media Lead Steven Moore and Digital Content Manager Michele Bruzzese were present at BMO Training Ground on July 6, 2022, for Domenico Criscito’s introductory press conference with Toronto FC. The Italian defender, who arrived on a free transfer following his contract expiry with Genoa, signed a year and a half deal with The Reds.
First Week in Toronto for Domenico Criscito
The 35-year-old’s transfer was finally made official on June 29, 2022, following months of discussions. Criscito was set to join the club earlier in 2022; however, due to Genoa‘s struggles in Serie A, he opted to remain with the squad to battle relegation.
“The city is wonderful and I have been welcomed very well. I am very happy to be here and I can’t wait to start playing.”
Italian Defender’s Objectives With TFC
As it stands, TFC currently holds the second-worst defensive record in the MLS. They have conceded 34 goals and currently have a -10 goal differential, failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their league fixtures to date this season. Criscito will be aiming to put his veteran experience to use to assist Bob Bradley in solidifying the backend.
“My objective is to bring Toronto back to the top like they were two-three years ago. In the last two years, they have been in some difficulty but I am here to bring them back to the highest levels.”
Attachment to Genoa & Future Plans
Criscito made his senior debut with Genoa back in 2003 at the age of 16 and throughout his professional career, had two other stints with the club. Overall, he made 274 appearances with the Rossoblu.
“Genoa was everything for me in Italy and it still is. I was sad to leave them but I think at this point it was the best decision to make. But now I think about Toronto FC. I have a year and a half contract here and then we will see what happens with my future.”