The former Italian international and under-21 Italian head coach would be available to work in MLS if the opportunity arises.
With Chivas USA announcing the signature of Jose Luis Sanchez “Chelis” Sola as their new coach on Wednesday, the New York Red Bulls and the Montreal Impact are the last two MLS teams still on the lookout for a new head coach for next season.
One possible candidate that has emerged in recent weeks is former Italian international Pierluigi Casiraghi. Sources told Goal.com on Thursday that the 43-year-old is indeed available to coach a MLS side.
After short stints with Monza and Legnano, Casiraghi coached the Under-21 Italian national team for nearly five years and led the team to a berth in semi-finals at the Under-21 European championship in 2009, only to lose out to Germany 1-0.
The Impact would seem a more likely destination than the Red Bulls considering the Impact have admitted to be pursuing a European coach and Casiraghi is good friends with Alessandro Nesta, whom he played with during his time at Lazio. He was also in attendance at the Dall’Ara Stadium in October when the Impact played a friendly with Bologna. Impact designated player Marco Di Vaio, who started his playing career with Lazio, also played with Casiraghi.
Casiraghi also played for Monza, Juventus and Chelsea, where he concluded his playing career. The forward played with Italy in the 1994 World Cup in the USA, losing to Brazil in the final.
No offers have yet been made.