In 2015, when it was stuck in a rut and coming off the failed Jermain Defoe experiment, Toronto FC swung for the fences and pulled off a major coup with the transfer signing of Sebastian Giovinco from Juventus.
It proved to be a transformative move for TFC. The arrival of the Atomic Ant helped the Canadian club become a league super power as it scaled the heights of success by winning the MLS Cup in 2017.
Seven years after Giovinco’s arrival in MLS, Toronto has once again looked towards Italy for inspiration, announcing on Saturday the signing of attacker Lorenzo Insigne as its newest Designated Player. Insigne, 30, will finish the current Serie A season with hometown club Napoli before joining the Reds on July 1.
Team president Bill Manning called the Insigne deal a "transformational signing" for both TFC and MLS when speaking to reporters on Saturday morning.