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Impact sign Italian defender Alessandro Nesta

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MONTREAL (AP)

The Montreal Impact have added former AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta to their growing list of Italian veterans.

The Major League Soccer club announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement with the 36-year-old central defender. The 2006 World Cup winner with Italy will officially be added to the roster when he receives his international transfer certificate.

Financial terms of the deal were not released, but Nesta will not have the status of Designated Player, or one who earns more than the maximum allowed under the league's salary cap.

''I'm very happy to be here,'' Nesta said. ''Despite some offers to continue my career in Europe, I was looking for a new challenge and wanted to play in MLS.

''Upon visiting my friend Marco (Di Vaio) to see him play his first game with Montreal, I met great people in this club. I really liked what I saw and I was convinced Montreal was where I wanted to be.''

Di Vaio, a forward who was once Nesta's teammate at Lazio, made his Impact debut last week against Toronto FC.

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