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Diego Rossi To Move To Turkish Club Fenerbahçe

 

September 2, 2021

By LAFC Communications

LAFC announced today that the

Club has agreed to send Diego Rossi

to Turkish Süper Lig side Fenerbahçe

S.K for an initial loan period that will

begin immediately.

"This is an exciting next step in Europe

for Diego," LAFC Co-President

& General Manager John Thorrington

said. "We are forever grateful to Diego

for the way he helped build this Club

both on and off the field from day one.

To see him grow into a great player who

will now perform in the Europa League

with Fenerbahçe is exciting and shows

that our ambition to develop talent is

working."

Rossi, 23, became the

second Designated Player

in LAFC history when he

signed with the Club in January,

2018 from Peñarol of

Uruguay's Primera División.

At 19-years-old, he became

the second youngest Designated

Player in league

history and immediately became a

major LAFC contributor. He scored the

first-ever goal in LAFC history in the

11th minute of the Club's first match

against Seattle, the fastest goal by an

expansion team in MLS history.

The electrifying forward earned

MLS "22 Under 22" honors

in his first MLS season

en-route to the Club's first

playoff berth and became

an MLS All-Star in 2019

as he helped lead LAFC

to a record-breaking 2019

Supporter's Shield winning

season. Rossi became the

youngest Golden Boot winner

in MLS history in 2020, and was

honored last season as the MLS Young

Player of the Year, MLS Best XI, MLS Is

Back Tournament Golden Boot, MLS Is

Back Young Player of the Tournament

and MLS Is Back Tournament Best XI.

A Uruguayan international, Rossi

started six matches for the Under 23

squad in the 2020 Olympic qualifiers,

adding a goal and an assist and was

called into the senior national team for

the 2020 World Cup qualifiers.

Rossi leaves LAFC as one of its

most decorated players, appearing in

103 career regular season MLS matches

for the Black & Gold, ranking first in

Club history (tied with Latif Blessing),

and making a team-high 99 starts. He

also leads LAFC with 8,766 career

MLS minutes played since 2018 and

144 shots on goal. He ranks second

in the Club record books in goals (44)

and assists (21).

 

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