Vincenzo Bernardo ‘coming to MLS’–as free agent (updated update)By nbaker • Nov 28th, 2009 • Category: Player Focus
New Jersey-born forward Vincenzo Bernardo is coming to Major League Soccer. The 19-year old told ASN of his news Saturday morning, confirming what was first reported by Italian Web site Generazione di Talenti.
Bernardo signed a pro deal with Serie A side Napoli in 2008 but turned down a contract extension to become a free agent in September.
Dec. 1: Bernardo is coming to MLS as a free agent, according to his agent Steve Georgiou. The former U.S. youth international will not have to enter a lottery “so he can train with who he chooses to or who ever invites him,” Georgiou told ASN. No word yet on who these teams might be. ASN has contacted the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls and will report back if we hear something.
Jan. 7: Bernardo released a statement on his Web site saying in part that he had approached “by more than one MLS club” as well as from teams in USL. ASN has heard the New York Red Bulls were among the interested parties.