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Why this American footballer chose MLS over Serie A

SARASOTA, FL - NOVEMBER 28: Nathan Holland #7 of England attempts to shoot past Josh Perez #11 of the United States during the Nike International Friendlies at The Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch on November 28, 2014 in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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Josh Perez debuted professionally with Italian club Fiorentina, but after not finding his place on the club decided to return to California to play with LAFC

20-year-old forward Joshua Giovanni Perez debuted professionally with Italian Lega Serie A Fiorentina in 2016.

He only played one match in the top-flight before being loaned to Serie C side Livorno.

And so, the California-born player decided to try his luck in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.

“I guess you could say I grew up pretty fast,” the young LAFC attacker told MLSsoccer.

“After my last season being on loan, we were trying to look for options outside of Italy because I didn’t want to be there anymore.”

“At the time, my period of time of finding a club was coming to an end,” Perez said.

“You have some teams in Europe and you have some teams in MLS. My thing was that MLS is growing, it is innovating itself. I think I could be a nice possibility for me.”

“The facilities [at LAFC] are top. Check that off the list. With everything about the community, it’s probably more or less the same here [in terms of] the grasp of the passion for the play, the field, the players, everything,” he added.

Right now Perez is on loan with Phoenix Rising FC, expecting to make his MLS debut soon with Los Angeles Football Club.