Talking to Oussama Essabr

Oussama Essabr is the latest arrival from Italy! He is a forward, born on Janaury 19th, 1989.
To find more about him, just look at his resume and his own words!

Oussama came through the Juventus youth system, and after a very successful time with Primavera squad, he was loaned to Serie B side Vicenza.
In June 2009, he returned to Juventus but was loaned again in August, this time to Lega Pro Prima Divisione side Arezzo.
He went on making 18 appearances and scored once during the 2009-10 Lega Pro championship before returning to Juventus in June 2010. Essabr spent the next two seasons on loan, to Cosenza and Crotone respectively, appearing 23 times and scoring 5 goals.
After being released by Juventus in July 2012, Essabr signed for Lega Pro Prima Divisione side Prato on a free transfer.

Oussama spent two weeks in February 2014 with Impact Montreal, for its pre-season.

Oussama, explain the reasons why you choose to join FC Tacoma 253 in NPSL.
The main reason is that it has been years since I wanted to try the American soccer, after I came in Seattle, Portland and Eugene with Juventus U19 team. Also, I know Giuseppe Pezzano and his work and I’d like to collaborate with him. American soccer is making great strides so it will be an exciting experience.

What are you expecitng from this season with FC Tacoma 253?
I’m expecting doing well with my new teammates and to take my professional experience to Tacoma.

In what position do you prefer to play? Is there a tactical system that is best for you?
I am a quite adaptable forward. During my career I have played many different roles in the attacking side. The system I prefer is 4-2-4 where I like to play as an attacking midfielder.

Which are your goals in your future as a soccer player?
I’d like to become a professional player in the USA and play in MLS. The experience I had last year with Impact Montreal made me think that this is my soccer. I hope to be luckier the next year!

What would you say to young Italian players about the American soccer experience?
I would say them to forget that American soccer is not a high level one. It is a movement growing exponentially even on the technical side. This country is hungry of soccer and wants to love this “new” sport even if it doesn’t belong to its culture. I’m sure that in the next five years US soccer is going to tie the gap with Europe!

You played for Juventus FC, did you meet big players? What did you learn from them?
My experience in FC Juventus was very educational for me, as a player and as a man. I came in as a child and I went out 12 years after, as a man. In 2008 and in 2011 I played with the first team, comparing with great champions and learning as much as I could. Having the chance to practice with Del Piero, Nedved, Camoranesi, Trezeguet, Buffon, Chiellini made me understanding better high level soccer.
During my way I always had my friend Sebastian Giovinco as a target. We did quite the same course and it’s amazing to meet him again in MLS. I’m going to watch him playing against Sounders FC for sure.
Furthermore, Gigi Buffon has always told me that I would have played abroad and the American opportunity is the right one to build an important career and to put in practice all the teachings I learned from so many champions!


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