Gabriel Ferrari

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Gabriel Ferrari
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Enzo Ferrari[1]
Date of birth (1988-09-01) September 1, 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth New York City, New York, U.S.
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
0000–2005 BW Gottschee
2005–2007 MetroStars
2007–2008 Sampdoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Sampdoria 0 (0)
2008–2009 Perugia (loan) 14 (1)
2009–2010 Foggia (loan) 14 (0)
2010 Ternana (loan) 5 (1)
2010–2011 AC Bellinzona 0 (0)
2010 Wohlen (loan) 6 (1)
2011 Chicago Fire 3 (0)
National team
2007–2008 United States U-20 4 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 26, 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 14, 2008

Gabriel Enzo Ferrari (born September 1, 1988) is a former American soccer player.


Ferrari was born in New York City to a Brazilian mother and Italian American father.[citation needed] He is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ferrari started with Blau Weiss Gottschee where he won four New York State Championships. Ferrari played high school soccer at Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey.[3] He then continued his youth career in the system of Major League Soccer club MetroStars, now known as the New York Red Bulls. Gabriel was the captain of the MetroStars side that captured the U-16 North American Championship.[4] He verbally committed to play college soccer at the University of Connecticut, but elected to sign a professional contract with Sampdoria instead.


Ferrari signed with Serie A club Sampdoria on January 17, 2007, in a deal that kept him in Italy until 2010. Gabriel made his Sampdoria debut on February 1, 2007, in a Coppa Italia match against Inter Milan, coming on as a substitute. He did not make any appearances in Serie A, the Italian top flight. In July 2008, Sampdoria announced that they loaned Ferrari out to Lega Pro Prima Divisione side Perugia.[5] He moved on loan to Serie C side Foggia for the 2009/2010 season; on 1 February 2010 he moved to Ternana Calcio .[6]


In September 2010 Swiss Super League club AC Bellinzona announced they had signed Ferrari on a permanent transfer. He then went on loan with FC Wohlen in the Swiss Challenge League.

United States[edit]

Prior to the start of the 2011 Major League Soccer season Ferrari went on trial with Chicago Fire SC. After impressing during his trial stint, the club signed Ferrari on March 24, 2011.[7] He made his Fire debut on June 18, coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution.

Ferrari was released by Chicago on December 7, 2011.[8]

International career[edit]

Ferrari holds American, Brazilian, and Italian citizenship. His triple citizenship, primarily that with Italy, sparked a debate over which senior international team he might attempt to play for, as fears arose that Ferrari might play for Italy instead of his native United States, like Giuseppe Rossi. Gabriel quickly dismissed the speculation, saying:

"I'm a New Yorker. I grew up in the US and that is the country I would like to play for if I get the chance." [9]

Ferrari scored the game-winning goal in his international debut with the US under-20 team in a 2–1 victory over the full Haitian national team on March 28 in Frisco, Texas. Ferrari was named to the 21-player squad who represented the United States at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup.[10]

In May 2008, Ferrari was named to the 22-player squad to represent the United States at the 2008 Toulon Tournament.[11]



  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 23. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Ubha, Ravi (March 14, 2008). "Ferrari on the verge of Sampdoria's first team". ESPN. Retrieved 2 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Galarcep, Ives (May 16, 2007). "Angulo will chase his dream". Herald News. North Jersey Media Group. Archived from the original on June 18, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2007. "He's one of the most talented attacking players that I've coached in 22 years", said St. Benedict's Prep coach Rick Jacobs, who counts Ramos, Claudio Reyna and Serie A striker Gabriel Ferrari among his former players. 
  4. ^ "10 Champions Crowned". Tampa, Florida: United Soccer Leagues. November 22, 2005. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Trasferimento per Miglionico e tredici giovani del vivaio" (in Italian). UC Sampdoria. July 12, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Dalla Sampdoria in arrivo l'attaccante Ferrari". Ternana Calcio (in Italian). 1 February 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
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  9. ^ Winger, Chad (January 17, 2007). "Ferrari waits on Samp clearance". Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Head Coach Thomas Rongen Finalizes 21-Player Roster for FIFA Under-20 World Cup" (Press release). United States Soccer Federation. June 15, 2007. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Nowak Names 22-Player Roster for Toulon International Tournament" (Press release). Chicago, Illinois: United States Soccer Federation. May 12, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2009. 

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