Rossi ready to report to Newcastle as Italian U-21 service ends.
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
Giuseppe Rossi will report to Newcastle United on loan by the end of the week.|
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(Wednesday, September 6, 2006) -- Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi could spend the entire 2006-07 season on loan at Newcastle United, if Man. U. feels it will benefit the youngster's development, the club said.
Rossi, a 19-year-old who was born in New Jersey and maintains dual Italian-United States citizenship, was loaned to Newcastle through January 1, but has yet to report to the Magpies. He is currently with Italy's under-21 men, who defeated Austria 1-0 last night in a European Championship qualifier.
Rossi, who looked good in the opening 45 minutes, but tired and was replaced midway through the second half against Austria, will join his new team at St. James Park by the end of the week.
In July, Rossi had his contract with Man. U. extended to 2010. Manchester and Newcastle will consult at the end of this year to decide if the loan will be extended for the second half of this English Premier League season.
"I know I will definitely be a Newcastle player until January, but we will look at it again before then and discuss whether I will stay for the whole season." Rossi told the Man. U. web site. "It was decided that it would help me and Newcastle if I was to go there on loan and this was the best solution for me. I will have more opportunities to play with Newcastle."
Coming up through the youth system of Parma in Italy, Rossi could not make the club's first team and signed with Man. United in the summer of 2004. In all competitions for United's first team last season, he has scored four goals in 13 matches, including six starts.
He scored 30 goals in 28 matches for the United reserve team in 2005-06. He placed second in England's 2006 New Talent balloting behind another Italian teen from Parma, Arturo Lupoli, who belongs to Arsenal, but is on loan to Derby County of the second-division English League Championship.
"No Italian clubs came in for me, but I preferred to stay in England anyway because I am settled and I know the style of football," Rossi said. "I like being in England."
Rossi was ecstatic about Italy's recent World Cup championship and hopes to play for the Azzurri some day. Whether his playing in England will hamper that desire remains to be seen -- Italy traditionally relies almost exclusively on players from Serie A, its domestic league, to stock its national team, though that policy might see change after the match-fixing scandal that rocked four league teams recently. All 23 members of Italy's 2006 World Cup roster belonged to Serie A clubs.
This leaves American fans some hope that Rossi might some day wear the Red, White and Blue.
Here and there
United States defender Oguchi Onyewu started and played 67 minutes for Belgium's Standard de Liège in a 3-0 exhibition loss Sunday to Valenciennes FC in Northern France.
With several Standard players absent because of international duty, Onyewu served as captain for the first time and saw his team hurt itself with a pair of own goals. He was seen playing up front early in the second half before being replaced by Hakim Bouchouari in the 67th minute.
In Sweden, American defender Tighe Dombrowski returned from a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation and went the distance for IK Sirius which blanked Enkoping 2-0 today. Sirius (13-5-2, 41 points) pulled to within one point of first-place Enkoping (13-4-3) in the third-tier Division 1.
Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.
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