BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, February 26, 2010
While the Italian leagues have proven over the years to be difficult places for Americans to succeed, Angelo Viteritti will be looking to reverse the trend as he heads to Chievo Verona next month for a trial.
Viteritti is currently a senior at John Glenn High School in Elwood, New York. He says was discovered last year by the Serie A club while playing with his club team last year in a youth tournament in Italy.
"I was discovered by Chievo at the Coppa Carnivale in Viareggio, Italy," Viteritti told YA. "I was playing for my club team, The New York Stars."
As a goalkeeper, Viteritti will be looking to find the same success that many other Americans have found among the elite leagues in Europe playing that position. The East Northport, New York native said that the trial in Italy will provide him with a chance to fulfill a childhood dream.
"When I heard about this trial, I was very excited," Viteritti said of his reaction upon learning of the trial offer. "It has been a life-long dream of mine to play professional soccer and now I have the opportunity."
While both of Vitteritti's parents were born in the United States, he is of complete Italian descent and will now be hoping to begin his professional career in the country of his ancestors. His personal expectations for the trial are high.
"My expectations are to work very hard prior to and after the trial, and to also succeed in becoming a Serie A goalkeeper," Viteritti explained.
Viteritti has also been accepted to Towson University in Maryland and playing for their team is an option if his trial with Chievo does not result in an offer. But even if the trial does result in an offer, Viteritti feels that obtaining a college education is a personal priority for him.
"No matter what happens, if things should not work out over there I would still like to attend college one way or another whether it be in Italy or the United States," Viteritti concluded.