After recently being released by Liverpool, American youngster Marc Pelosi has found a new club close to home.
On Friday, the San Jose Earthquakes confirmed the signing of the 21-year-old midfielder following a successful training spell with his local MLS team.
"Marc is a good young player with a bright future," Earthquakes general manager John Doyle told the club’s official website. "We are happy to bring him to his hometown club."
Pelosi, who can also operate at left-back or on the flank, captained the US to the Round of 16 in the 2011 U-17 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, where his performances impressed Liverpool scouts enough to earn a move across the Atlantic.
The California-native would go on to establish himself as a regular with the Under-21s over the course of 2012 but then suffered a serious leg break during a reserve match against West Brom in February 2013 which took him the best part of 14 months to fully recover from.
After being tipped for a bright future at Anfield, the versatile rookie failed to recapture his past promise upon returning to action, before seeing his Reds spell come to an end last month when the club opted to let him go.
Since linking up with San Jose, who he trained with as a teenager, Pelosi will now have the chance to get his career back on track in MLS and, given the glimpses of talent he has showcased in the past, few would bet against him proving a success.
A well-regarded prospect within the USA setup, the Under-23 international received his first senior call-up in January for the team’s winter training camp and recently helped the U-23s to a third-place finish at the Toulon Tournament.
Speaking this week on his form after such a long spell on the sidelines, he told MLSSoccer.com: “At the beginning, it was difficult. You always get a small injury here or there.
“For eight months, I haven’t really had even one injury. 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.”