- Diego Rossi, 21, signed for Los Angeles FC from Uruguayan side Penarol in December 2017 for a fee of $4 million.
- He’s now wanted all over Europe after an impressive two seasons at the Banc of California Stadium, in which he’s managed 28 goals and 18 assists so far.
- Here’s the story of how he rose to become one of the most sought after stars in the MLS.
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Carlos Vela has been the poster boy for Los Angeles FC’s ascension to MLS glory over the past two seasons.
The Mexico international broke the division’s scoring record this year with his tally of 34, and was named in its “Best XI” in 2018, helping LAFC make the play-offs both years.
But while Vela may have been LAFC’s wide receiver — the man who puts the ball in the end zone — it is another star who has been its quarterback.
That man is Diego Rossi
Signed from Uruguayan side Penarol in 2017, Rossi is usually deployed as a winger but has adopted the role of “playmaker” for Bob Bradley’s side.
Often drifting in off the flanks, the 21-year-old regularly drops deep to collect the ball before driving at the defence with his devilish pace and trickery, or picking a pass for one his teammates.
It’s a style of play that was worked to devastating effect for himself and his team.
So far this term, the Uruguayan has scored 16 goals and assisted a further seven, while last, he managed 12 and nine respectively.
“Diego is such a good player to have on the field, to work with,” Bradley said of the 21-year-old last year, according to MLS Soccer. “He’s deceptive. He’s fast. He’s also unselfish on his end.”
Nicolas Lodeiro, Rossi’s countryman who currently plays for the Seattle Sounders, has played against him, and reciprocates Bradley’s praise.
“Diego is a great soccer player, with a lot of talent and a bright future,” Lodeiro told MLS Socc