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Real Salt Lake sign veteran forward Rossi

Field Level Media
28 Feb 2020, 05:25 GMT+10

Real Salt Lake signed forward Giuseppe "Pepito" Rossi on Thursday.

The 33-year-old veteran has scored 128 goals in 336 matches in the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga.

Rossi has battled injuries over the past few years and hasn't made double-digit appearances since the 2016-17 season with the Spanish side Celta Vigo. He has been without a team since the summer of 2018.

"Giuseppe's resume speaks for itself," RSL general manager Elliot Fall said. "He brings an impressive level of international experience to an already talented and cohesive roster. Watching him in preseason it's clear he has a lot to offer to our club. He has handled himself immaculately off the field and has fit in seamlessly with the group and has already served as a mentor for the young guys on our team."

In addition to stints with Manchester United, Newcastle United, Parma, Villarreal, Fiorentina and Genoa, the New Jersey native also has seven goals in 30 appearances with the Italian national team.

"It feels great to now be a part of Real Salt Lake," Rossi said in a club statement. "I can't wait to step onto the pitch and help RSL achieve all the goals we've set this year. For me, MLS has been growing every year and has produced an exciting product."

Real Salt Lake kick off the 2020 MLS regular season Saturday at Orlando City SC.

--Field Level Media

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