Gianluca Busio is going to score a lot of goals in his professional career, but the new second-youngest goal scorer in MLS history will find few as memorable as his first MLS goal.
Definitely in terms of hilarity.
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The center midfielder, 16, ran onto a Johnny Russell pass and had a gaping goal in front of him during stoppage time of Sporting KC’s 4-1 defeat of Vancouver on Wednesday.
Busio, who recorded assists in both his USL and MLS debuts, just had to tap it into the goal. He did that, just.
Only Freddy Adu (14 years, 320 days) was younger than Busio when he scored his first MLS goal.
“Johnny was working and he outran the dude, worked it, and right when he turned that corner,” Busio said in a post-match interview on Fox Sports Kansas City. “It was him against one defender. I was so happy I almost missed it. I was just so excited, I didn’t know what to do.”
Busio now has a goal and an assist in 153 minutes spread over seven appearances. And Sporting KC moves into second out West with two matches to play.
There was only one goal in Saturday’s match between Sporting KC and Houston Dynamo, but it may represent something much bigger some day down the line.
Gianluca Busio assisted Diego Rubio’s 74th minute goal, grabbing an assist on the day he became the third-youngest starter in MLS history. Sporting moves six points ahead of the red line with the win, while Houston’s is seven points below it.
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Only Freddy Adu and Alphonso Davies were younger than the 16-years, 68-days old Busio, who also assisted in his USL debut for Swope Park Rangers.
Busio took a pinpoint pass from Graham Zusi and flicked it onto the chest of Rubio, who settled and scored the lone marker.
Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes called Busio’s performance Man of the Match level, and the stats didn’t lie, either.
Sporting KC prospect Gianluca Busio made his USL debut tonight, and it went pretty, pretty, pretty well for the North Carolina teenager.
Busio subbed off in the 77th minute of Swope Park Rangers-Colorado Springs Switchbacks match after picking up an assist on Tyler Blackwood’s goal just seven minutes into the game.
He also recorded 100 percent passing accuracy (30/30) with 2 key passes and 3 crosses in the first half, according to SKC’s Kurt Austin.
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Busio turns 16 on May 28, and became the second-youngest signing in MLS history — Freddy Adu — when he inked at 15 years and 89 days. Remember that for all the grief Adu’s well-traveled career has provided, the 28-year-old has earned 17 caps with two goals in his career.
He’s not the youngest signing in Major League Soccer history, but he’s close.
Gianluca Busio will ink a Homegrown contract with Sporting KC at the age of 15 years and three months. Assuming it comes true — it will — only Freddy Adu will have been younger when signing a senior deal.
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Busio has nine goals in 17 U-15/16 Academy games this season. It’s not like he’s going to light the league on fire tomorrow, but still worth making a note of the name (which does have a certain panache).
Here’s a little more on Busio, from stalwart Kansas City Star reporter Sam McDowell.
Busio, a forward who can play any of the five offensive positions, is expected to spend the upcoming season with the Sporting Kansas City Academy Under-17 team. The academy teams began preseason earlier this month. Busio joined the academy in the summer of 2016 after the club scouted him at a showcase tournament.
Though if you’re a bit too fired up to see the kid get after it, here’s our own Andy Edwards to hammer down on the chill button.