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Americans Abroad

Rossi's 29th goal leads Man. U. reserves' 6-0 rout of City, title hopes.

Giuseppe Rossi
Giuseppe Rossi's 29 goals have Manchester United battling for the Barclays Premiership Reserve League North championship.
-- Barclays Premier League web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)

(Sunday, April 9, 2006) -- Giuseppe Rossi, who holds dual Italian-American citizenship, scored his 29th goal of the year for Manchester United's reserve team which blasted crosstown rival Manchester City 6-0.

United is in a battle to win the Barclays Premiership Reserve League North title, sitting in first place with an 18-6-2 record and 56 points. However, Aston Villa (14-2-8), which trails United by six points, holds two games in hand.

A withdrawn striker, Rossi is a leading candidate for his team's "Player of the Year" award. "Giuseppe Rossi has done brilliantly," his coach Rene Meulensteen said. "Being a first-team squad member, but having to mostly play with the reserves, he could easily drop his standards and not want to play for the reserves. But his attitude is spot-on. He's a great professional. He is obviously part of the reason we're still on top and he's brought a lot of enjoyment and entertainment for people who watch the reserves."

Rossi, 19, has said he wants to play for Italy someday, but should the Azzuri pass on him, he could figure into the future of the U.S. men.

A member of Italy's under-21 men who also played for the nation's U-19s, the New Jersey-born Rossi signed in the summer of 2004 with United from Parma, where he couldn't crack the first team. He made his debut with the Man. U. first team that fall, replacing David Hellion for the final five minutes of a 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Crystal Palace and later scored in his first Premier League appearance when United defeated Sunderland 3-1 in October 2005.

Rossi scored twice in United's 5-0 rout of Burton Albion in the FA Cup third round on January 18 and also added a tally in this year's Carling Cup.

"He is only small, but he's good in the air," United first-team manager Alex Ferguson once said of the forward, who is listed at nearly 6-foot-2. "He has got quick feet, a great football brain and can score goals."

Earlier this season, United reportedly spurned loan inquiries from Preston North End and Ipswich Town in the second-division English League Championship.

Overall, he has appeared 11 times, including five starts for United's first team in all competitions.

"He is a box of tricks, a real bundle of energy," one-time United great Arthur Albiston told the club's web site. "He is a box of tricks, a real bundle of energy. He doesn't look the tallest player, but he has a low centre of gravity and great control with both feet. When you have that low center of gravity, you can get away from people quite quickly. He looks an exciting prospect."

Managing editor Gary Davidson contributed to this story.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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