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Thursday Evening Ticker: Rossi scores again for Fiorentina; Apple TV adds MLS; and more



Seemingly healthy from two successive serious knee injuries, Fiorentina forward Guiseppe Rossi is proving on the field why he was worth a €10 million transfer fee last Jaunary.

For the sixth time in seven games, the New Jersey-born Rossi scored a goal on Thursday, putting La Viola up 1-0 in the 60th minute on the road at Inter Milan. Alas, the lead wouldn’t hold as Inter mounted a furious comeback with goals from Estaban Cambiasso and Jonathan to win, 2-1, at the San Siro.

The victory bumped Inter to second place in the Serie A table, while Fiorentina dropped down to fifth place.

For Rossi, it was his sixth goal in seven matches in all competitions, and fifth in Serie A. After suffering his first torn ACL on October 26, 2011 while playing for Villarreal, Rossi spent 571 days on the sidelines, rehabbing for an extended period after re-tearing the same ligaments in April, 2012.

Here are some more reports to catch up on:


Major League Soccer is doing its best to make sure that its footprint is felt on each and every person who uses social media around the globe.

On Thursday the league announced it added Apple TV to its growing list of devices with compatible channels and programming. MLS is already available on Roku, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android phones and tablets and Windows 8 tablets. Adding Apple TV to that list makes MLS almost available on almost every device created.

According to MLS, the app for Apple TV was created by the league’s development team in NYC. The new app will include a channels section with free on-demand highlights, analysis, fantasy soccer advice, player profiles, MLS 36 and MLS Insider videos, and the latest league standings.

For people with an MLS Live subscription, the MLS app will allow you to watch live streams of games and archived versos of regular seasons matches, like other device apps.


A one time member of the Kansas City Wizards has been suspended nine-months by FIFA for doping.

Jamaican international midfielder Jermaine Hue tested positive for dexamethasone, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The positive test came after a World Cup qualifying match for Jamaica against Honduras on June 11, won that saw Honduras win, 2-0.

In addition to Hue, the team doctor, Dr. Carlton Fraser, was suspended for four years after administering the banned substance to Hue. The 35-year-old played five matches between September of 2005 and August of 2006 for the Kansas City Wizards, scoring no goals. Hue had been playing most recently with Harbour View in Jamaica, the club he came up with as a youth player and played with until 2005.

According to the National Institutes of Health, dexamethasone is commonly used to help relieve inflammation, as well as certain forms of arthritis. In some cases it’s even used to treat cancer patients.


What do you think of these reports? Do you see Rossi continuing his goal-scoring form? Do you like that Apple TV has added MLS? Do you agree with the punishment to Hue?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Family Guy

    why all the hate for Rossi?

    It’s time for people to just either respect his decision or stop hating. Dude picked Italy at an early age due to his father. We should be proud that 1 of the best strikers in Italy is American borne. Years ago Australia had an striker who played for Italy and he was 1 of the best of all time. It sucks Rossi doesn’t play with us but it’s not as if he strung us along either.


    • skyman

      Couldn’t agree more. The guy is as nice as it gets, and never gave any other impression other than wanting to play for Italy.


    • Nate Dollars

      where’s the hate?

      and i’m not sure it makes any difference at what age an american decides to play for another country. why would the fact that he never wanted to play for his country make it any better?


    • slowleftarm

      I don’t want this traitor to get hurt but I do wish him nothing but failure the rest of his career. I also hope he enjoys watching both Italy and the USMNT on TV next summer.


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