Emiliano Rigoni commits to Austin

Emiliano Rigoni commits to Austin

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Austin FC on Friday introduced their new Designated Player, Argentina forward Emiliano Rigoni, who will reunite with Major League Soccer's top scorer Sebastian Driussi in Texas.  

Rigoni, who joins from Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC, has signed a contract valid until 2024, with options for the 2025 and 2026 seasons. He becomes the third active Designated Player of the club, with Driussi and midfielder Alexander Ring. 

The two Argentinians have made rain and shine together with the Zenit of Saint Petersburg, in the Russian Premier League, from 2017 to 2021. They have won three Tour Championships and two Russian Cups.

Rigoni, 29, has also been loaned out to Italian and Spanish outfits in recent seasons. He has amassed 55 goals and 36 assists in 307 career games in all competitions.

“He is a winger with a lot of talent and experience, having competed in several of the best leagues in the world. His skills will be excellent for our style of play,” Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna said in a statement.

Driussi leads the Garber Tour with 13 goals. He will have the opportunity to increase his lead at the top, now that his main competitor, Valentin Castellanos, also scorer of 13 goals, has left New York City FC for Europe.