Ex-Liverpool youngster Marc Pelosi training with San Jose Earthquakes

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The 21-year-old American has linked up with his local MLS club after being released by the Reds earlier this month.

Having recently been released by Liverpool, 21-year-old American midfielder Marc Pelosi is now back in the States and revealed to be training with the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS.

According to the Mercury News, head coach Dominic Kinnear has given no indication of whether his side intend to sign Pelosi when the league’s summer transfer window opens next month but the California-native is eager to get regular first-team football.

A product of local club the DeAnza Force, Pelosi left the States in November 2011 to sign for Liverpool after impressing scouts while captaining the US at the Under-17 World Cup, before going on to establish himself as a regular in their Under-21s over the following season.

The Under-23 international was being tipped for a bright future at Anfield but then suffered a serious leg break in February 2013 which sidelined him around 14 months and severely curtailed his progress before his recent departure.

Speaking to MLSSoccer.com in January about his rehabilitation, Pelosi said: “After eight months, I was jogging outside, and I was like, 'Oh, no, this is not right, it still hurts.’

“So I went to see Dr. [Bert] Mandelbaum [in Southern California, and he said] it was just too early.

“Doctors over [in England] thought I was in a car accident, because of how much force came through in the tackle, because I had some problems with compartment syndrome. It was bad. A lot of force came through it, which probably made it take longer [to heal].”

Despite his recent fitness woes, Pelosi has remained a well-regarded prospect in the USA setup and even received a first senior call-up to January's winter training camp, although he failed to feature in the friendly matches against Chile and Panama.

The versatile rookie, who can operate at left-back, also helped the Under-23s to a third place finish at the Toulon Tournament earlier this month, suggesting that he is now set to get his once-promising career back on track.

Whether he will aim to do that with the Earthquakes, though, remains to be seen.

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