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Loanee striker joins TFC
by Ridge Mahoney, February 10th, 2009 7AM

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[MLS] Players on loan take some convoluted journeys, and following just such a path is Argentine forward Pablo Vitti.

Eight months after scoring for Independiente against Toronto FC in a friendly, the MLS team has secured his services on a loan deal following a previous loan stint with Ukranian club FC Chernomorets Odessa.

"We've kept tabs on him since he played here in the summer," said TFC director of soccer Mo Johnston of Vitti, 23. "We actually made him an offer after that game, but it was refused at that time. MLS can be a difficult league for players to adjust to straight away so we are pleased that we could secure this loan deal now to allow Pablo time to adjust and settle in through a proper preseason."

Vitti scored against TFC in the July 15 friendly at BMO Field to give Independiente a 1-0 victory. The native of Rosario made his debut as a pro at the age of 18 for his hometown club, Rosario Central, for which he scored 13 goals in 75 games before joining Banfield two years ago. He moved onto Independiente last year but played only two games and was loaned to Chernomorets, for which he scored one goal in four matches.

In his best season (2004-05), he scored eight goals in 29 appearances for Rosario and that same year represented his country at the FIFA U-20 World Cup won by Argentina. He played three games for the U-20s, including a 1-0 loss to the USA in the first round and the first half of a 3-1 victory against Spain in the quarterfinals.

Vitti will join Toronto in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday. Terms of his contract were not disclosed.



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