Marco Di Vaio has agreed to a contract with MLS outfit Montreal Impact and is due to join the Canadian side next month.
The Italian is the Impact’s first designated player, which means only a portion of his salary is applied to the salary cap (via SI.com)
At 35 years old, the striker has found the net 10 times for his former club Bologna last season. He appeared in 37 games and recorded six assists.
A former Italy international, the forward has been capped 14 times since 2001-04 and scored two goals. However, his club form has been much more pronounced, scoring 20 goals in his first senior season with Serie A club Parma in the 2001 season.
From Parma, Di Vaio found himself wooed by Serie A giant Juventus, where he spent two seasons scoring just 18 goals in 45 games.
He moved to Valencia to Monaco, then back to Italy. At Genoa, Di Vaio was played mostly as a substitute. He moved to Bologna in 2008 where he has become an ever-present figure for the club.
Regarding Di Vaio the Montreal Impact president had this to say:
“Since his departure from Bologna and the announcement that the he was considering an offer from the Impact, we continued to work hard at getting him to join our club. I’d like to congratulate Nick De Santis for this successful negotiation.
“With all of the hard work and professionalism our club has shown over the years, we have signed today a player of the highest quality. We promised this city and the club’s supporters a Designated Player, and we are pleased to have been able to keep that promise.”
Di Vaio understood the club’s position and felt very proud to have been a transfer target for the Impact.
“I am very proud to become a member of the Montreal Impact and to start this new phase of my career. I have accepted with great enthusiasm the challenge of joining an enticing championship like MLS. I am extremely eager to make the entire club proud, from the president to its supporters.
“It was not an easy choice to leave Bologna but I hope to be able to serve a similar role in Montreal, as I am prepared to give everything I have, including my experience and leadership for my coaches, my teammates and the organization.”
With the Di Vaio’s prolific goal-scoring record and his leadership, the Impact (3W-6D-3L) are poised to turn their poor form around.