CHAD WINGER - Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Fresh Sampdoria catch Gabriel Ferrari has begun training with his new club, but must wait on some league busy work before he is registered to appear in the Blucerchiati.
Ferrari, 18, has signed with the 1991 Serie A champions through the 2010 season.
"I am waiting for some paperwork from the [USSF] to come through, so that I can be eligible to play in actual games," the former MetroStars Under-16 striker told YA. "I can train, but for now am not able to play."
"I don't expect to be selected to the starting eleven or anything like that right now, but I have been only training with the first team and not the Primavera (youth side)."
The youngster, though having Italian citizenship, is quick to point out where his international allegiance lies.
"I'm American," beamed Ferrari. "I'm born American, grew up in the US and that is the country I would like to play for if I get the chance."
"So many of my friends and kids I've played against growing up have been part of youth national teams and that's something I want to do as well."
"My ultimate goal though, is to play in the World Cup for the United States."
Ferrari, who last fall turned down youth offers from both Ajax and Vitesse Arnhem, has set making an appearance in the Serie A this season as his short-term goal.
"I've already seen a lot of improvement in my game just practicing with the first team, and I think I can contribute something," he said.
"Some of the other guys the same age as me are being called up for the Coppa Italia game today, so I hope I get a similar chance this year."
"I just wish those papers would get here from the US!"
Before signing with Sampdoria, Ferrari broke a verbal commitment to the University of Connecticut.