Well, there goes another one. There was the shock trade that saw Walker Zimmerman leave prior to the 2020 season, and more recently, the departure of Mark-Anthony Kaye. Now, as the transfer window closes, LAFC are set to be without another core member from the inaugural squad. Forward Diego Rossi is in Turkey to begin his new adventure for Fenerbahçe SK.
After reports starting hitting Twitter Monday afternoon, news seemed to move quickly as it was soon reported from Fenerbahçe themselves, that the Uruguayan was on a plane to Istanbul ahead of his move.
Kulübümüzün, prensip anlaşmasına vardığı ABD'nin Los Angeles FC takımında forma giyen Uruguaylı oyuncu Diego Rossi, İstanbul'a geldi.— Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) August 31, 2021
While he’s currently technically on loan, it sounds as though Rossi is unlikely to return. That makes Rossi another key player to depart who was part of the inaugural LAFC team.
On the surface, in the middle of a tough season for LAFC, this feels bad. It isn't though. At least, not completely. This was always the plan, and frankly, the desire. One of the most important parts about any club is the ability to identify, and cultivate, young talent. This is something LAFC have done and continue to do, well.
The team helped Zimmerman become one of, if not the best defender in MLS. Current LAFC defender 24-year-old Eddie Segura, isn't far behind that benchmark either. 24-year-old Eduard Atuesta is the league’s best midfielder, while 22-year-old Jose Cifuentes continues his meteoric rise.
It’s how it goes in the MLS. Every footballer dreams of playing in Europe at some point. Whether it be for a club in England’s Premier League, or the likes of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in Spain. The fact that so many European sides are looking at the MLS more now, especially teams like LAFC, means even better young talent will no longer see the league as a risk, or step back.
The conversation about whether or not this group of young talent lived up to the wildly high expectations set for them will be saved for another time. Today is about celebrating the player Diego Rossi was for the black-and-gold.
A reigning Golden Boot winner. One of the most exciting players to watch not just for LAFC, but in the entire MLS. 48 goals, 21 assists, in 104 league appearances. Oh yeah, he will also go down as the first goalscorer in club history, netting the only goal in a 0-1 win on the road against the Seattle Sounders. For all the great memories, and for pushing through the bad, we thank you Diego, and wish you all the best for the future.
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