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RSL’s Giuseppe Rossi happy to see Bundesliga’s return, ‘not a fan’ of proposed MLS tournament in Orlando

Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi from Italy, reacts during the Copa del Rey second-leg soccer match against Valencia at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.
Real Salt Lake’s Giuseppe Rossi, of Italy, is shown here with Villarreal during the Copa del Rey second-leg soccer match against Valencia at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011.
Fernando Hernandez, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A notable step occurred in the soccer world last weekend as Germany’s Bundesliga returned to action, albeit without fans in the stands.

With Major League Soccer still being in the very early stages of its return to play protocols, Real Salt Lake’s Giuseppe Rossi said during a Zoom meeting with local reporters Monday that he had some mixed feelings about Bundesliga being back.

On one hand, he said “it’s great seeing soccer again,” but at the same time, he feels there are inconsistencies with rules that have been instituted to promote safety, most notably the fact that players can’t celebrate together when a goal is scored.

“It sucks that they can’t celebrate the way they want to,” he said. “It just doesn’t make any sense. On a corner kick, they’re all together, and then if they score they can’t go and celebrate. It’s weird, but it is what it is.”

Still, he had the overarching feeling that soccer starting to return is a good thing.

“You have to obey the rules, but the important thing is that people are back playing, that us soccer fans were happy and were enjoying the beautiful game again,” he said.

As far as MLS making its return to gameplay at some point, Rossi echoed the sentiments that RSL teammates Nick Besler and Zac MacMath shared with the media last week in regard to teams going to Orlando to play in a bubble.

“I’ll just keep it that I’m not a fan of the Orlando tournament,” he said.

Asked for his thoughts about how to get play resuming in the safest way possible, he said, “That’s not my job. My job is to play, but I want to play meaningful games. I’ll keep it at that.”

Rossi said it’s been good to get back into training even in a limited fashion, and he’s looking forward to being able to do more, whenever that may come.

“It’s great being back to see the guys, to see the coaching staff, to be around the ball, just doing exercises like a normal soccer player should be doing,” he said. “That’s step 1. We want to get into step 2, 3, 4. We want to feel like a team again. We want to feel like players again, and hopefully that’ll come. We’ve just got to be patient and stay disciplined and follow these rules that are out there right now.”