POLTRONIERI AIMING FOR EUROPEAN RETURN
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Friday, December 4, 2009
After a brief loan stint with Portuguese club Leixoes, Brandon Poltronieri of Costa Rican club Brujas FC is looking to earn another opportunity with a European club.

The native of Los Angeles, California got the nod to appear in seven Portuguese Liga games and two Cup matches over the course of his time with the Matosinhos-based club.

When the loan expired, Poltronieri returned back across the Atlantic in hopes of linking up with his parent club however the midfielder's plans hit a snag.

"He's (Poltronieri) actually playing in Costa Rica for a second division team named Barrio Mexico, unfortunately by the time he got back from Portugal to Costa Rica, the transfer window was already closed which is why Brujas lended him to this (Barrio Mexico) team," Poltronieri's agent, Martin Ramirez, told YA.

The 23 year old is hoping that his current spell in Guadalupe will provide ample playing time so interest from teams in Europe or even the United States perk back up.

In addition to having played at Leixoes, Poltronieri also trialed with the New York Red Bulls back in 2008 and a return to playing professionally in the United States is something that, according to Ramirez, should not be ruled out.

"We are trying to bring him back to Europe but we still have nothing for him... The other option would be MLS," explained the representative.

The Golden State resident has spent the bulk of his life in the Central American country where he began his career within the Brujas youth ranks back in 2004.

Poltronieri has appeared in several national team matches with the Costa Rican Under-23 team in friendlies meaning he is still eligible to play for the US.

When pressed as to whether or not he would make a switch to play for the Red, White and Blue, Poltronieri himself says that he hopes to have that opportunity some day.

"I have had the opportunity to play with the national team of Costa Rica," concluded Poltronieri. "But I am not losing hope of playing with the national team of the United States."
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