Vincenzo Bernardo played for a Serie A club reserve team, but is somehow out of work.

American Exports: Bernardo moves to Austria

AMSTERDAM — Free agent American forward Vincenzo Bernardo has joined Austrian third-division club FC Höchst on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Some observers may wonder about the logic of such a move, but the 21-year-old former Napoli prospect has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish by season's end.

"The goal is to save the club from relegation, scoring as many goals as possible," said Bernardo, who had a trial with Kansas City last winter. "I want to really cherish this opportunity and see where it can take my career in the future."

The erstwhile US U-20 international says he is receiving a crash course in adjusting to both the soccer style and the frigid climate in Austria.

"At first, [the cold] was a killer for me," he said. "But now, fortunately, I am getting used to it."

FC Höchst, who stand bottom and 11 points from a safety position in the Regionalliga West table at the extended midseason break, return to action by hosting TSV St. Johann on Mar. 19.

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