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Toronto FC’s new designated player is Pablo Piatti from La Liga’s Espanyol

The Argentine winger leaves a long career in La Liga to be Toronto FC’s newest DP in MLS.

Pablo Piatti, center, appears for Espanyol in a match against CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Europa League at the RCDE Stadium near Barcelona on December 12, 2019. (Photo by Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images)

Toronto FC’s empty designated player spot has been filled.

The club announced Friday night Argentine forward Pablo Piatti will be Toronto’s third and final DP going into the 2020 season. The 30-year-old forward comes off a stint with RCD Espanyol Barcelona in Spain’s La Liga and is expected to join TFC on Saturday at an ongoing training camp in Los Angeles.

“Pablo comes to TFC with an exceptional pedigree,” Toronto FC president Bill Manning said in a statement. “He brings big game experience to our team, having played in close to 300 games in La Liga, as well as competing in the UEFA Champions League. We believe he’s the type of dynamic player who is going to enhance our attack and TFC fans are really going to enjoy watching him play.”

The Argentine takes the DP spot that had been vacated by Michael Bradley, whose DP contract expired at the end of last year and is now on a deal for targeted allocation money, or TAM. Toronto’s other two DPs are midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo and striker Jozy Altidore.

Piatti, who primarily plays on the left wing but can play on the right, has 95 appearances for Espanyol, tallying 14 goals and 19 assists along the way. Before that, he played five seasons at Spanish club Valencia. He started his career at Estudiantes in Argentina, before joining Almeria in Spain.

Although Piatti represented Argentina at the youth level and was part of the group that won the U-20 World Cup in Canada in 2007, he has only been called up to the senior team once in 2011.

“Pablo is an experienced player that has exceptional character. We believe that he will fit very well within our group,” Toronto FC general manager Ali Curtis said in a statement. “His eagerness to join the team in Los Angeles as quickly as possible is indicative of his team first mentality. By adding Pablo to an existing strong attacking unit, we become a better team.”




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