Pelosi, 21, joined Liverpool from DeAnza Force in November 2011 after impressing Reds scouts while captaining the US at the Under-17 World Cup, before going on to establish himself as a regular with the club’s Under-21s over the following season.
The central midfielder, who can also operate at left-back or on the flank, was being tipped for a bright future at Anfield at the time but then suffered a serious leg break during a reserve team match against West Brom in February 2013 which took him nearly 14 months to recover from.
Having struggled to recapture his past promise upon his return to the pitch, the California-native saw his Liverpool career come to an end last month when the club opted to let him go and has since headed back across the Atlantic to weigh up his next move.
In the interim, he has been training with hometown team San Jose Earthquakes in order to maintain his fitness but, having spent time with the MLS side as a teenager, admits that he would be keen to land a permanent deal.
“You could see guys even on the first-team at Liverpool talking about it; ‘Oh, I want to play in the US,’” said Pelosi. “I just love being here.
“Since I was 14, I’ve been training with the team here. It’s funny; I’ve seen everyone come and go. They think I’m new, I’m like, ‘No, I’ve been here...' So it’s really cool just to be here now, training with them. We’ll see what happens.”
Continuing on the disappointment of seeing his Liverpool spell come to an end after such a promising start, Pelosi added: “I was doing really well, and I saw myself to get a chance with the first team, but then – I don’t want to blame it on injuries, but that just hindered me a little bit. I was coming back, but 18 months is a long time.”
Despite his recent fitness woes, though, Pelosi has remained a well-regarded prospect within the USA setup and even received a first senior call-up to Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad in January for the team’s winter training camp, where a minor knee problem prevented him from featuring in the friendlies against Chile and Panama.
The versatile rookie also helped the US Under-23s to a third place finish at the Toulon Tournament last month, suggesting that he is now set to get his once-promising career back on track.
“You always get a small injury here or there but, for eight months, I haven’t really had even one injury,” he added to MLSSoccer.com. “I’ve been playing games, I was with the 23s in France, played a lot of games, got my game fitness up and now I’ve been training a lot. The Quakes had a good level, so I think my fitness is really good at the moment.”
Whether a deal with San Jose materialises remains to be seen but, given his age, Liverpool pedigree and international experience, Pelosi should still have plenty of MLS interest if things do not work out with his local club.