Ex-Sampdoria youngster Ferrari joins Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire have announced the signing of 22-year old forward Gabriel Ferrari.

Chicago Fire have announced the signing of 22-year old forward Gabriel Ferrari.

The former USA U20 international returns to MLS following his time with Italian Serie A club Sampdoria and Swiss club FC Wohlen. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“During Gabriel’s time in camp we were impressed with his size, speed and worth ethic up top,” said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. “His experience abroad and desire to be a part of this club were defining factors in us signing Gabriel.”

Ferrari, a prized prospect out of New York, began his career at Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey before joining the New York Red Bulls youth system. At 19, Ferrari signed with Sampdoria in Italy’s top flight.

The 6-2 forward made his debut in a Coppa Italia match against Inter Milan before moving to Lega Prima Divisione side Perugia on loan in July of 2008. While with Perugia, Ferrari made 14 appearances and tallied one goal. Ferrari moved to Foggia, where he made 14 appearances during a loan spell in 2009-2010.

Ferrari joined Swiss club AC Bellinzona in Sept. 2010 before moving on loan to FC Wohlen. The American striker appeared in three matches scoring one goal while playing in the Swiss Challenge League.

Ferrari was selected to the 21-player squad that represented the United States at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. The New York City product notched three goals in four appearances in international competition while donning the red, white and blue.

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