Report: Red Bulls in contact with Giuseppe Rossi

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by JACK HAZZARD

After years of debating whether or not he would return home to the United States, Italian international forward Giuseppe Rossi could finally make the major move across the Atlantic.

His destination? The New York Red Bulls.

According to David Ruiz of Univision Deportes, sources close to the New Jersey native have announced that Giuseppe Rossi has received a call from the New York Red Bulls and that the Italian forward is more than willing to relocate back home.

It is well known that New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch is still searching for a suitable striker to compliment forward Bradley Wright-Phillips. With constant chatter throughout the years suggesting that Rossi wants to return to New Jersey, it may be time for New York to pull the trigger and sign the 29-year-old.

About a month ago, the New Jersey native told Empire of Soccer that he would be more than willing to return home and play in the MLS. “That’s something in the future for sure that I would love to do,” said Rossi. “Now I am focused on my career in Europe.”

Rossi, who was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, made the switch across the Atlantic in 2000 to join Serie A side Parma. After gaining notoriety within the youth system, Premier League giants Manchester United swooped in and grabbed the American, handing him his first professional contract in 2004. Since Rossi’s debut against Crystal Palace in 2004, the 29-year-old has gone on to play for historic football clubs such as Newcastle United, Parma, Villarreal, Fiorentina, and most recently, Levante.

In Rossi’s 12-year professional career, he has scored 86 goals domestically as well as seven goals internationally for Italy.

Rossi’s most recent stint was with La Liga side Levante, who inevitably were relegated following a disappointing season. The New Jersey native originally joined the side on loan from Fiorentina due to the striker’s inability to fit into the team. As of late, it seems as if Fiorentina are not too keen on keeping the New Jersey native, suggesting a transfer or a loan may be in Rossi’s future.

  • Feel the burn

    I would go see him play and toss him an American flag and dollar bills :)
    Red bull and him sure make a good partnership
    Evil empire

  • OpenCupFan

    Oh, I didn’t realize he was ready to retire from competitive soccer.

    • Larry\’s A Simpleton

      Oh dear. Yet another uneducated response from a supporter of the Uniondale Cosmos. Stunning how these miscreants cannot fathom the NASL is light years behind MLS in every way imaginable. If MLS isn’t competitive football, then pray tell how horrendous the level of football in the independent North American Soccer League must be.

      #INDEPENDENTSOCCERISHORRENDOUS

      • Support Brooklyn

        Cynthia ?

    • Frankie

      Really ???

      • Support da Bronx

        Really.

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  • Angry Dave

    Typical RB solution: Find a inexpensive DP who is injury prone to make it look like they’re trying. Rossi may have talent, but he can’t be counted on to finish a season without missing time.

    • Happy Dave

      Doubt he will be inexpensive

  • Support da Bronx

    This team is a tired act.