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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Una Tripletta Americana

AC Milan has a string of highly successful youth camps in North America. This past week, three young men were selected to visit the Milanello training grounds in Milan. Ironically, they are triplets, and Italian-Americans: Matthew, Michael, and Peter Cialone of Pittsford, New York.

In an article written by Bryan Roth of MPN Now in Rochester, New York, two of the trio, who are eleven years old, discussed their upcoming trip to Milan.

"It’s really exciting that I can go there because ... we're the only triplets that will go there," said Matthew, issuing what is most likely a guarantee. "It’s really cool that we can go there and play soccer. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy...

If we're good, the scouts will ask us to be on the team and when we're older they'll give us money," said Michael, smiling."

To date, only three Americans have ever played on a Serie A team: Alexi Lalas with Padova, Giuseppe Rossi with Parma, and Gabriel Ferrari, who is presently with Sampdoria of Genoa.

Brothers playing professionally in Italy is a common theme. For the current AC Milan team, Ricardo Kaka' and his younger brother, Digao, are playing together for the first time this season. Pippo Inzaghi of Milan has a brother, Simone, who plays for Atalanta of Como in the Serie A. There are two twins, Emanuele and Antonio Filippini, who play for Livorno.

In Italian, tripletta means three goals. Hopefully, we will reading about the Cialone's one day in the Serie A.

To learn more about the AC Milan Junior Camps, please click here.

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