Looking resplendent in white linen pants and a matching open-neck buttoned shirt as if he had just stepped off a fashion runway, Federico Bernardeschi was the very picture of positivity at his introductory press conference last summer.
Out of contract at Juventus at the end of June, Bernardeschi had options on the table, including offers from other Serie A clubs. But he made the bold decision to come to MLS at age 28, when he had plenty of gas left in the tank, because “I felt that I finished my path in Italy” and that Toronto FC represented “a big project for the future.”
“What I can say about the project is that it’s a winning project. There are very big objectives for TFC both in the near future and the long-term. Bill [Manning] gave me his views, and I told him we’re going to make history in MLS,” TFC’s newest Italian DP said at the time.