AN ITALIAN FAMILY AFFAIR: Ex-Cosmos midfielder Giuseppe Barone signs with Perugia

Giuseppe Barone (center) has the opportunity to showcase his talent in the Italian Serie B. (Courtesy photo of Giuseppe Barone)

Now two members of the Barone family are involved in Italian football.

Cosmos Vice President Joe Barone is an executive at Fiorentina in Serie A, a team that owner Rocco B. Commisso bought last summer.

His son, midfielder Giuseppe Barone, has signed with Perugia in Serie B.

Perugia are in 10th place with a 7-7-6 record in the midfield of the 20-man Serie B.

“I’m happy to have signed @ACPerugiaCalcio!” Said Barone on Twitter. I can’t wait to start Forza Grifo. “

The 21-year-old Barone is a graduate of Long Island University Brooklyn and last season played for Cosmos after a season with the Brooklyn Italians in the National Premier Soccer League.

His most memorable moment was his 2-0 win at Kingston Stockade FC on May 3 when Barone scored a Golazo from midfield.

In an interview last year, Barone said he would soak up as much information as possible from his more seasoned Cosmos teammates.

“It was great,” he said. “The group is definitely growing together and looking better every day. I am happy to be here, to be one of the younger ones. It’s great to be in the locker room, listening to everyone, just trying to take in all of the information from everyone, being the boy. Boys have been playing for several years. I try to absorb everything, learn as much as possible and then go out and perform every day, do my best. “

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