Wednesday January 18 2017
Pirlo: 'MLS no easy ride'

New York City FC star Andrea Pirlo warns those who 'are looking for an easy ride' to stay away from the MLS.

The former Juventus midfielder spoke about the growth of the sport in the US after having revealed that he will stay in football after retirement.

"On the pitch it is serious, if someone is looking for an easy ride, they are in the wrong place, the 37-year-old told La Repubblica.

"Football here is growing steadily, it has already become the third sport after basketball and American football, with a high number of players including children and women.

"China? I do not know their football, but I know that there can not be that kind of investment here.

"In American sports there are rules surrounding costs and revenues, there is the salary cap, without this obstacle there is room for technical growth."

Pirlo was then asked about his thoughts on being called up for the Azzurri whilst playing away from Italy.

"Football is equal for all, only the MLS is farthest away. Between me and [Antonio] Conte there were no secrets: the Euros were not my priority, otherwise I would have stayed at Juventus.

"Giovinco has done well at Toronto. I would call him up. I think the Azzurri will go to the World Cup with [Giampiero] Ventura."

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