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2/18/2014 2:16:46 PM
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The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Tuesday that the club has added Italian goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi to the roster.

The move is pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and Canadian work permit and visa.

"Paolo is a goalkeeper with great size, MLS experience, and a fantastic upbringing within the Inter Milan youth system," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson in a statement. "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, 25, joins Whitecaps FC as a free agent after spending two seasons with Eastern Conference side Chicago Fire. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound goalkeeper started each of his nine regular season appearances with the Fire, accumulating one clean sheet and a 3-4-2 record.
 
The Garbagnate Milanese, Italy native started the first three matches of the 2012 season for the Fire, which included in a 1-1 draw with Montreal Impact in front of 58,912 fans at Olympic Stadium and a 1-0 win over Philadelphia Union. Tornaghi also appeared in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match, as well as pair of international exhibitions against Aston Villa and Santos Laguna during his first season in MLS.
 
This past season, Tornaghi appeared in six regular season matches with the Fire and recorded victories against D.C. United and San Jose Earthquakes.
 
Before joining the Fire in 2012, Tornaghi was a member of FC Internazionale Milano. While on loan from Inter Milan between 2008 and 2011, Tornaghi played two stints with Serie C side Como, where he appeared in six league matches and two Coppa Italia matches.
 
Tornaghi also played the 2009-10 season on loan with northern Italian side Rimini, where he appeared in two league matches and one Coppa Italia match.
 
At the international level, Tornaghi has represented his native Italy at every level from U-16 to U-20 and was part of the Azzuri side that participated in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship, where he appeared in two matches.
 
Tornaghi obtained his permanent residency status (green card) from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in September and therefore counts as a domestic player in MLS.

Paolo Tornaghi (Photo: Derek Leung/Getty Images )

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