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Whitecaps Pick Up Tornaghi

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BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 07: Paolo Tornaghi #70 of the Chicago Fire kicks the ball downfield against Sporting Kansas City during an MLS match at Toyota Park on July 7, 2013 in Bridgeview, Illinois
BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 07: Paolo Tornaghi #70 of the Chicago Fire kicks the ball downfield against Sporting Kansas City during an MLS match at Toyota Park on July 7, 2013 in Bridgeview, Illinois

News has broke from Vancouver that the Whitecaps FC have added Italian goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi to the squad, pending receipt of his transfer certificate and Canadian work visa. Per MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Paolo is a goalkeeper with great size, MLS experience, and a fantastic upbringing within the Inter Milan youth system," Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson stated via the team's website. "I brought him in because I want to have three good goalkeepers on the roster and I expect him to push David Ousted and the already talented pool of goalkeepers that we have."

Tornaghi recently played for the Chicago Fire, where he made nine appearances, he accumulated one clean sheet and a 3W-4L-2D record. Before that he was a youth player at Inter Milan. Inter Milan loaned him out on numerous occasions to other Italian teams where he was able to improve his art.  This experience is a nice addition to the seasoned Ousted, who has been a staple for the Whitecaps.

Coach Robinson brings up a great point with the added competition. In the increasingly strengthening west, you want your goalkeeper in top form at all times. In addition, if Ousted is injured, Tornaghi presents a valuable back up with experience outside the MLS. Either goalkeeper will have their hands full with the attacks of teams like Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders. Those teams pose deadly strikers and talented midfielders which could cause trouble for goalkeepers in poor form.