Major League Soccer

LAFC loan Diego Rossi to Fenerbahce

Lizzy Becherano
Diego Rossi during San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles FC
Diego Rossi during San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles FC / Shaun Clark/Getty Images

Los Angeles FC have loaned forward Diego Rossi to Turkish side Fenerbahce, the club confirmed on Wednesday. 

Rossi first joined the Major League Soccer side as a young Designated Player in 2018 before going on to feature in 104 regular-season games for LAFC. Throughout his four seasons, the Uruguayan recorded 48 goals and 21 assists. 

“This is an exciting next step in Europe for Diego,” LAFC co-president & general manager John Thorrington said in a press release. 

“We are forever grateful to Diego for the way he helped build this club both on and off the field from day one. To see him grow into a great player who will now perform in the Europa League with Fenerbahçe is exciting and shows that our ambition to develop talent is working.”

Rossi transferred to the American league from Uruguayan side Club Atlético Peñarol, where he recorded 13 goals and 11 assists in 51 regular-season appearances. 

The forward distinguished himself as a dangerous attacker from a young age, proving with Peñarol that he could thrive on either wing or through the center. 

He now joins one of Turkey’s biggest clubs as Fenerbahce finished second in the league last season. The club is currently competing in the Europa League group stage, having been drawn in a group against Olympiacos, Antwerp and Eintracht Frankfurt. 

Rossi will play alongside Mesut Ozil, Enner Valencia and Luiz Gustavo.