Gianluca Busio failed to make much an impression in his usual attacking role for Sporting Kansas City at the MLS is Back Tournament. But since Sporting has returned home, the 18-year-old has played every minute. But those 270 minutes have come in deep central midfield, not in an attacking spot.
He earned rave reviews after his first start in the spot — a 2-1 win over Minnesota United FC — but was a part of a Sporting side that lost 5-2 to the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday. On Saturday, he scored his first goal of 2020 (watch above) as he helped Sporting earn a point against the Colorado Rapids.
"He had a good performance. Each game he gets better and better. The goal was a great strike and he has that quality in him so it was good to see it," head coach Peter Vermes said after the match.
"Each time he's getting to be smarter and smarter, both in some of the decisions that he's making both with the ball and without it so it's good," he later added.