Monday, November 18, 2019

Giuseppe Rossi Would Be A Great Addition To The MLS

Juan Pablo Aravena in Editorial, MLS 27 Feb 2019

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When talking about players whose careers have been derailed by injuries, one of the first names that come to mind in recent memory is the one of Giuseppe Rossi. The Italian-American forward began his career as one of the most promising Academy graduates from Manchester United, but he never lived up to his potential and has bounced around in several leagues.

That inability to gain consistent playing time hasn’t been because he didn’t take advantage of the opportunities he received. The lone reason behind this scenario is quite simple. Rossi hasn’t been able to gain regularity due to his injuries, and the 32-year-old is looking for ANOTHER club to re-launch his career.

Rossi last played for Genoa, where he missed “only” eight games due to a hamstring injury. He’s been out of contract, though, and considering the European market has closed already, the former Italy international is looking for an “exotic” destination to play. After all, that’s all he wants to do. Play regularly and gain some sort of consistency. And with that in mind, a potential move to the MLS would be a smart move for all parties involved.

A smart move for all parties involved

Born in New Jersey, Rossi would be at home stateside. Even though he has played in Europe during his entire career and that he represents Italy, he hasn’t forgotten about his U.S.-based roots. And given how much the MLS has grown in recent years, it would be a great environment for him to re-gain his form and his confidence.

According to recent reports, Rossi could be close to complete a move to Los Angeles Galaxy. The California-based franchise endured a tough 2018 season. And while they have quality names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Giovani dos Santos and Jonathan dos Santos, they certainly need attacking reinforcements. Especially since Ola Kamara has departed the side looking to finalise a transfer to the Chinese Super League.

Though he’s nowhere near as quick as he was in past years, Rossi hasn’t lost an ounce of his talent. He continues to be a versatile player who can operate all over the attacking third. However, he’s at his best when he operated as a second forward behind a “classic” n.° 9. Having him upfront alongside Zlatan could create nightmares for the opposing defences.

Per reports, both parties are reportedly close to agree on personal terms. But without a doubt, both parties will be benefited if this transfer comes to fruition. The Galaxy would add an interesting player capable of making an instant impact – depending on his fitness, of course. Meanwhile, Rossi would get another chance to play first-team football on a consistent basis.

That’s all he wants, and all he needs. Now it depends on whether his body will hold up the rigors and the intensity of the MLS.


Juan Pablo Aravena

A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.



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