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‘Man of the Match’ debut for Sporting KC’s Carolina-born teen

Gianluca Busio


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.

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