Diego Martín Rossi Marachlian (born 5 March 1998) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a forward for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe, on loan from Los Angeles FC.

Diego Rossi
Diego Rossi.jpg
Rossi in 2017
Personal information
Full name Diego Martín Rossi Marachlian[1]
Date of birth (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 23)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Fenerbahçe
(on loan from Los Angeles FC)
Number 9
Youth career
2003–2008 Uruguay Solymar
2008–2016 Peñarol
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2017 Peñarol 46 (13)
2018– Los Angeles FC 104 (48)
2021–Fenerbahçe (loan) 9 (2)
National team
2013 Uruguay U15 26 (15)
2014–2015 Uruguay U17 23 (8)
2015 Uruguay U18 6 (0)
2015–2017 Uruguay U20 18 (3)
2020 Uruguay U23 9 (2)
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 November 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 February 2020

Club careerEdit

YouthEdit

Rossi began playing football as a child at the El Queso school in Solymar. At the age of six, Rossi moved to the Solymar Uruguay Sports Center, with which he competed in the Interbalnearian League of Youth Football. He demonstrated his ability in the club and caught the attention of Peñarol, where he joined their academy at the age of 12. Néstor Gonçalves discovered him and was invited to play a friendly tournament in Alegrete with the a team, where he eventually was offered a contract.

At the age of 14, Rossi was the top scorer for the team's under-14 team in the Uruguayan seven tier, where he was a top scorer in 2012 with 42 goals in 27 matches.[2][3] The following year, Rossi joined the Peñarol youth team in the Uruguayan sixth division, where he scored 25 times in 17 appearances.[4] With Penarol's U-15 team, Rossi helped the team win the Apertura Tournament and the Uruguayan U-15 Championship as well as the Fabian Lomineto Cup.[5][6]

In 2014, he was the top scorer of the Uruguayan Premier Division Under-16 Tournament, scoring 17 goals in the first half of the year, where Peñarol came out champions of the U-16 Clausura Tournament.[7]

On 7 April 2015, he was invited to train with the first-team squad of Peñarol for the first time, along with his teammates from the under-17 team Santiago Bueno and Federico Valverde.[8]

He was promoted by Pablo Bengoechea to the first team for the 2015–16 season in August. Diego alternated the practices with their U-18 team and Peñarol's senior team, but he played with the U-17 club and in the Third or Fourth Division for the entirety of the season.

He finished 2015 helping the Peñarol's U-17 team win the Apertura U-17 Tournament, and after beating Danubio in a final in which he scored a goal.[9] For the fourth consecutive year he was the top scorer of the championship, with 22 goals plus one in the final, although he played ten games in the Fourth and Third Division.[10]

PeñarolEdit

On 5 January 2016, Rossi began the preseason with the Peñarol first team. He debuted with the club on 16 January 2016, in the Bandes Cup final, where he came on in the 7th minute for Gabriel Leyes in a 1–0 victory against Cerro Porteño. Rossi made his debut with the club at the age of 17 years and 317 days old. At the end of the 2015–16, Rossi was demoted to the second team following a change in managerial leadership, where Bengoechea was sacked and Jorge Orosmán da Silva took over.

Following a series of poor results, da Silva called Rossi into the first team, where on 20 April 2016, he made his full debut with the club, playing against Sporting Cristal in the 2016 Copa Libertadores group stage match.[11] He scored his first professional goal five days later in a 3–1 win against Rentistas.[12]

Los AngelesEdit

On 14 December 2017, Rossi was signed as a young designated player for Los Angeles FC of Major League Soccer, an expansion franchise that began play in 2018.[13] On 4 March 2018, Rossi made his MLS debut in Seattle against Seattle Sounders FC. Rossi's goal in the 11th minute was the first goal in Los Angeles FC history. The goal was also the fastest goal by an expansion team in MLS history.[14] On 8 August 2018, Rossi scored his first hat-trick in MLS during a U.S. Open Cup semifinal match against the Houston Dynamo, a game in which LAFC ultimately lost in penalty kicks.[15]

On 18 July 2020, Rossi became the 13th MLS player and first LAFC player to score four goals in a single match, accomplishing the feat in a 6–2 victory over rivals LA Galaxy in a MLS is Back Tournament group stage match.

Fenerbahçe (loan)Edit

On 1 September 2021, it was announced that Rossi would join Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe on loan from the remainder of the 2021 season with an option to buy, making him the second Armenian-heritage footballer to play in Turkish league after Aras Özbiliz.[16][17]

International careerEdit

YouthEdit

Rossi began his international career for Uruguay with under-15 team and went on to earn caps for Uruguay's different age level national teams. He was part of Uruguay squad at 2013 South American U-15 Championship, 2015 South American U-17 Championship, 2017 South American U-20 Championship and 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament.[18] In total, he has scored 28 goals from 82 matches for Uruguay's youth national teams.[19]

SeniorEdit

On 18 September 2020, Rossi was included in Uruguay's 26-men preliminary squad for World Cup qualifying matches against Chile and Ecuador.[19] On 5 October 2020, Rossi was included in the final squad as a replacement for injured Cristhian Stuani.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Rossi is of Italian descent through his paternal side and of Armenian descent through his maternal side. Since 2018, he has received invitation to play for Armenia national football team and it's still ongoing.[21] His younger brother Nicolás is also a professional footballer.[22]

Rossi earned his U.S. green card in February 2019.[23] This status also qualifies him as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 25 November 2021[24]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Peñarol 2015–16 Uruguayan Primera División 6 1 2[a] 0 1[b] 1 9 2
2016 6 1 6 1
2017 31 10 3[c] 0 2[b] 0 36 10
Total 43 12 0 0 5 0 3 1 51 13
Los Angeles FC 2018 Major League Soccer 32 12 4 5 1[d] 0 37 17
2019 34 16 3 1 2[d] 1 39 18
2020 19[e] 14 5[f] 2 2[g] 2 26 18
2021 19 6 0 0 0 0 19 6
Total 104 48 7 6 5 2 5 3 121 59
Fenerbahçe (loan) 2021–22 Süper Lig 9 2 0 0 5[h] 0 14 2
Career total 156 62 7 6 15 2 8 4 186 74
  1. ^ One appearance in Copa Libertadores and one appearance in Copa Sudamericana.
  2. ^ a b Appearances in league playoffs.
  3. ^ Appearances in Copa Libertadores.
  4. ^ a b Appearances in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
  5. ^ Includes three appearances and five goals in MLS is Back Tournament group stage.
  6. ^ Appearances in CONCACAF Champions League.
  7. ^ Appearances in MLS is Back Tournament knockout stage.
  8. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League.

HonoursEdit

Peñarol

Los Angeles FC

Uruguay Youth

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CONMEBOL PREOLÍMPICO COLOMBIA 2020 LISTA DE JUGADORES/LISTA DE JOGADORES" (PDF). Conmebol.com (in Spanish). Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol. 10 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Promesas: Diego Rossi". CampeonDelSiglo.com (in Spanish). 12 June 2012. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Campeones en Juveniles". auf.org.uy (in Spanish). Uruguayan Football Association. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Peñarol, galardonado en la Premiación de Juveniles". www.xn--pearol-xwa.org (in Spanish). Peñarol. 22 February 2014. Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Juveniles: Los campeones del 2013". auf.org.uy (in Spanish). Uruguayan Football Association. 10 December 2013. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Premiación de Juveniles 2013". auf.org.uy. Uruguayan Football Association. 29 January 2014. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Premiación Juveniles 2014". auf.org.uy (in Spanish). Uruguayan Football Association. 12 December 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Los "pibes" crecen: Valverde, Rossi y Bueno entrenan en primera". republica.com.uy (in Spanish). La República. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  9. ^ Olascuaga, Joselo (5 December 2015). "Peñarol Campeón Sub-17". Tenfield (in Spanish). GOL TV. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  10. ^ "El gol tatuado en el alma". ovaciondigital.com.uy (in Spanish). Ovación. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Peñarol vs. Sporting Cristal - 20 April 2016". Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Rentistas vs. Peñarol - 25 April 2016". Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  13. ^ "LAFC signs rising Uruguayan star Diego Rossi". Los Angeles Times. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Timeline: Seattle Sounders FC vs. Los Angeles Football Club 03/04/2018". MLSSoccer.com. Major League Soccer. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Houston Dynamo 3 (7), LAFC 3 (6) - US Open Cup 2018 Match Recap". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer. 8 August 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Diego Rossi To Move To Turkish Club Fenerbahçe". Los Angeles FC. 1 September 2021. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  17. ^ Tenorio, Paul. "In sending Diego Rossi to Fenerbahçe, LAFC holds tight to its long-term plan". The Athletic.
  18. ^ "9 - Diego Rossi - AUF". Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  19. ^ a b "26 futbolistas reservados del exterior para el debut en las Eliminatorias". Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  20. ^ "Diego Rossi convocado". Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  21. ^ "Armenia coach: We need to determine the state of our football". mediamax.am. Mediamax. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  22. ^ "Nicolás, el otro Rossi, nunca fue citado por la Celeste y ahora jugará por Armenia". 22 August 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2021.
  23. ^ "LAFC Midfielder Eduard Atuesta And Forward Diego Rossi Obtain Green Cards". LAFC.com. Los Angeles FC. 21 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Diego Rossi » Club matches". World Football. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Diego Rossi Summary". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  26. ^ "2019 MLS All-Star Roster". MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  27. ^ "2021 MLS All-Star Team Roster". MLSsoccer.
  28. ^ "LAFC forward Diego Rossi wins MLS is Back Tournament Golden Boot presented by Audi". MLSSoccer.com. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  29. ^ "LAFC's Diego Rossi named MLS is Back Young Player of the Tournament presented by AT&T 5G". MLSSoccer.com. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  30. ^ "MLS is Back Tournament Best XI presented by BODYARMOR". MLSSoccer.com. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  31. ^ "LAFC's Diego Rossi wins the 2020 MLS Golden Boot presented by Audi". MLSSoccer.com. 8 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  32. ^ "LAFC's Diego Rossi named AT&T MLS Young Player of the Year for 2020 season". MLSSoccer.com. 16 November 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  33. ^ "2020 MLS Best XI presented by The Home Depot". MLSSoccer.com. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  34. ^ Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League [@TheChampions] (23 December 2020). "¡Qué lujo de equipo! Aquí están los mejores jugadores de #SCCL2020" (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 January 2021 – via Twitter.

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