Gianluca Busio

Gianluca Busio
Gianluca Busio
Gianluca Busio
Real Name: Gianluca Busio
HT: 5' 7" WT: 135
Pronunciation: jahn-LUKA BOO-see-oh
Homegrown Player
Age: 15 (05/28/2002)
Birthplace: Greensboro, NC
Hometown: Greensboro, NC

At 15 years and 89 days, Busio becomes the second-youngest player all-time to sign an MLS contract and the youngest active player in Major League Soccer.

Busio starred for the Sporting Kansas City Academy during the 2016-17 season as one of the United States’ top youth prospects for his age. The versatile forward played three matches for the Sporting KC U-14s before stepping up to the U-16 level, where he scored nine goals in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and earned Central Conference Best XI honors.

At the international level, Busio has blossomed as a key contributor for the United States U-15 Boys’ National Team. Last week he guided the U.S. to a second-place finish at the CONCACAF U-15 Championship in Bradenton, Florida, scoring a team-high five goals in five matches. He previously represented the U.S. U-15s in May at the Torneo Delle Nazioni in Italy, where he scored three goals as the Americans were crowned tournament champions.

Busio also earned playing time for the Sporting KC U-18s throughout 2016-17 — scoring in their regular season finale on June 3 — before leading the U-16s to their first appearance in the Development Academy quarterfinals. He tallied three goals during Sporting KC’s impressive postseason run from late June to mid-July.

Busio broke into the U.S. U-15 player pool in 2015 and helped the team win the 2016  International Festival of Futbol title last April in Rosario, Argentina. Two months later, he made three appearances for the U-15 BNT at an international tournament in Zagreb, Croatia.

Busio is Sporting Kansas City’s fifth Homegrown Player in club history and the fourth on the current roster, joining Kevin Ellis, Erik Palmer-Brown and Daniel Salloi. MLS established the Homegrown Player initiative in 2007 to allow teams to promote youth academy players to professional contracts. These players must meet Homegrown Player criteria, including participation in the club’s youth system and residence in the team’s Homegrown territory.

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