Sampdoria's young American striker, Gabriel Ferrari, has been absolutely on fire since Thomas Rongen called him up for the U.S. U-20 men's national team. The 18-year old Manhattan native scored twice in his debut for the U-20s, a 3-2 win over SMU, before notching the game-winner against the Haitian national team at Pizza Hut Park on Wednesday.
Prior to the match against Haiti, Ferrari, who is also eligible to play
for Italy and Brazil, spoke with Top Drawer Soccer about being
overlooked in the U.S. At 13, Ferrari failed to make the Eastern New
York ODP team. "I've spoken with my parents and family about how I was never really noticed here in America but when I went to Europe as soon as they laid their eyes on me they saw something...I don't know why that
was." Report author Robert Ziegler calls Ferrari "a classic example" of
a good player being "missed by the [American youth] system."
Ferrari began his European career training with Dutch clubs Vitesse and
Ajax. After both offered him a contract, the player was unfortunate to
break his wrist and then have to fly back to America with no contract
for recuperation. After five months, Ferrari returned, this time to
Italy, where Sampdoria was the first to offer him a contract after a
one-week trial. The striker soon broke into the first team and was
recently given his debut against league leader Inter at the San
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