Gianluca Busio kicking ball - United States U-17s vs. Mexico - May 16, 2019
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Gianluca Busio named to Best XI for Concacaf U-17 Championship

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gianluca Busio was named to the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship Best XI after leading the United States U-17 Men's National Team to a second-place finish at the tournament.

Busio erupted for five goals and three assists in six tournament appearances as the U.S. steamrolled to Thursday's final before suffering a 2-1 extra-time loss to archrivals Mexico at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

After notching three goals for Sporting to begin the 2019 MLS campaign, Busio and fellow 16-year-old Sporting KC Academy product Tyler Freeman joined a USA U-17 side led by newly appointed head coach Raphael Wicky for the prestigious international competition. Although the Americans fell short of winning the title, their runners-up finish was enough to secure a berth at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup later this year in Brazil.

Busio's five goals were the third-most in the tournament behind Costa Rica's Geancarlo Castro (seven) and U.S. teammate Gio Reyna (six). He opened his scoring account in a 3-2 group stage win over Canada, bagged a brace in a dismantling of Barbados, then scored in knockout-round wins over Guadeloupe and Panama. Busio would save arguably his best performance for the semifinal, where he recorded three assists in a 4-0 defeat of Canada.

Four Americans were selected to the tournament's Best XI as Busio was joined by Reyna, Kobe Hernandez-Foster and Daniel Leyva.

2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship Best XI

  • Goalkeeper: Eduardo GarcΓ­a, Mexico
  • Right Back: Jean Geffrard, Haiti
  • Left Back: Stanley Guirand, Haiti
  • Center Back: Kobe Hernandez, United States   
  • Center Back: Jesus Gomez, Mexico
  • Center Midfielder: Daniel Leyva, United States  
  • Center Midfielder: Eugenio Pizzuto, Mexico 
  • Center Midfielder: Gianluca Busio, United States 
  • Winger/Right Midfielder: Geancarlo Castro, Costa Rica
  • Winger/Left Midfielder: Giovanni Reyna, United States 
  • Striker, Israel Luna: Mexico

USA U-17 Results at Concacaf U-17 Championship

Date Opponent Result Stage
May 2 Canada W 3-2 Group F
May 4 Barbados W 6-1 Group F
May 6 Guatemala W 3-0 Group F
May 9 Guadeloupe W 8-0 Round of 16
May 12 Panama W 3-0 Quarterfinal
May 14 Canada W 4-0 Semifinal
May 16 Mexico L 1-2 Final

Busio and Freeman will now return to Sporting Kansas City, which begins a three-game homestand Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets for the match at Children's Mercy Park are available at SeatGeek.com

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