Amer­i­can teenager Perez makes Ital­ian league de­but

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Amer­i­can teenager Joshua Perez has made a strong im­pres­sion after mak­ing his Ital­ian league de­but with Fiorentina.

The 18-year-old for­ward from Cal­i­for­nia came on in the sec­ond half of Fiorentina's 4-2 loss to In­ter Milan at the San Siro on Mon­day.

Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa says "with his char­ac­ter­is­tics he can be a use­ful player. He can drib­ble past de­fend­ers and he's pretty strong phys­i­cally."

The Gazzetta dello Sport gave Perez a re­spectable 6 out of 10 in its match grades.

Perez, who was on the United States' under-17 World Cup squad, is the nephew of for­mer United States mid­fielder Hugo Perez.

Perez be­came the sec­ond Amer­i­can-born player to ap­pear for Fiorentina in mod­ern times after Italy in­ter­na­tional Giuseppe Rossi, who is on loan with Span­ish side Celta de Vigo.

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