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The New Jersey-born Rossi came up through Manchester United's youth academy and went on to post four consecutive double-digit goals seasons for Villarreal in La Liga before injuries became an increasing factor in his career.
“He’s here and we’re taking a look at him like anyone else and seeing what he can offer to the team,” Juarez told The Tribune's Alex Vejar. “If that presents itself, then we have to take it a day at a time because he’s been out of soccer for a while.”
Now age 33, Rossi scored 16 times for Fiorentina as recently as the 2013-14 season, but hasn't played since 2018 after testing positive for a banned substance. (He avoided a long-term doping ban, however.)
According to Vejar, Juarez may be willing to give Rossi some time to get back closer to full fitness before deciding whether to offer him a spot on the roster.
One thing Freddy Juarez told me yesterday re: Rossi is they have to get him fit before they can really see what value he potentially brings to the team. At training yesterday, he was working out away from the main sessions. #RSL https://t.co/k7l5iylVji— Alex Vejar (@AlexVReporting) February 5, 2020
The Claret-and-Cobalt could be looking for attacking help if a previously reported sale of Jefferson Savarino to Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro goes through. Though as of yet, nothing official has materialized there.