Thursday, March 24, 2011
Fire bring in forward Ferrari
By Charlie Corr
The Chicago Fire signed 22-year-old forward and former U.S. U-20 international Gabriel Ferrari on Thursday.
The 6-foot-2 Ferrari was with the Fire as a trialist throughout preseason and was in attendance at the team's annual luncheon on March 14, though he was not officially introduced to the public at the time. Ferrari most recently played for Swiss club FC Wohlen.
"During Gabriel's time in camp, we were impressed with his size, speed and work ethic up top," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said in a statement. "His experience abroad and desire to be a part of this club were defining factors in us signing Gabriel."
The New York native was part of the New York Red Bulls' youth system, and at age 19, Ferrari signed with Italian Serie A club Sampdoria. Ferrari represented the U.S. at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, netting three goals in four games during his tenure with the U-20 squad.