CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Thursday, February 3, 2011
New Jersey native Vincenzo Bernardo has signed a short-term contract with FC Höchst of Austria's Regionaliga West until June 30, 2011.
The Italian-American will hope to lead the squad out of the league's cellar with thirteen games left in the regular season.
Bernardo's move ends the search for a team after a stint with the SSC Napoli youth squad and trials in the US and England.
"After growing up in such an important club like Napoli and being a free agent for about a year i felt that it was time for me to begin my professional career," the 20-year old said in an interview with YA.
FC Höchst sits a a stone's throw from the Swiss border, and is currently in the cellar of the Regionaliga West, Austria's third tier.
Their difficult season opened last August with a string of 12 consecutive losses before two wins over Union Innsbruck and SV Seekirchen. A trio of losses brought them into the winter break. The team's dismal record is part of the reason coach Michael Grabherr is looking to the striker.
"The decision to play for FC Hochst was due to the fact that they were in need of attacking help," Bernardo continued. "My agent was told that they needed 'quality in the attacking position.'"
The regular season resumes on March 19 as they host TSV St. Johann.