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Saturday, December 1, 2007

David Bingham Signed By Cagliari of the Serie A

According to Goal.com, David Bingham, of California High School in San Ramon, CA, has signed a contract with Cagliari of the Serie A. Bingham is a goalkeeper who has been heavily recruited by American colleges, and is still a high school student.

His high school newspaper, The Californian, said the following:
"David went to Italy and practiced with Cagliari’s lower (second) team during the first month of last summer. He played three games with the team, starting the last two and playing the second half of the first game. He helped the team win two of the three games."
The lower team is called the Primavera. Italian clubs do not have reserve squads; however, the youth teams compete against their respective Serie A peers, and also train with the senior club. David, should he not be loaned out to another non-Serie A team, will join a select group of Americans to train with and ultimately play for a Serie A side:
  • Alexi Lalas with Padova in 1994.
  • Giuseppe Rossi with Parma in 2007.
  • Gabriel Enzo Ferrari with Sampdoria in 2007. (He has yet to appear in an official Serie A game, but has played in an Italian Cup match against Internazionale earlier thislast year.
Cagliari is the capital of the beautiful island of Sardinia. The team was made famous in 1970 by Luigi "Gigi" Riva, and won their first and only Serie A "Scudetto." Riva is currently the team manager of the Italian National Team. Cagliari, who play at the Stadio Sant'Elia, have the lowest payroll in the Serie A, and most likely will be fighting off relegation for the entire campaign. Of note, Daniele Conti, who is the son of World Cup 1982 champion, Bruno Conti, plays for Cagliari.

Apparently, young Bingham, 18, will join Cagliari within the next month, and finish his high school studies via correspondence courses.

In bocca al lupo, David.

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