U.S. U-15 boys cruise into Concacaf semis

Sporting Kansas City’s Gianluca Busio scored two goals in both the USA’s 2-0 win over Canada and its 6-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago before Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Costa Rica sent the USA to the semifinals of the Concacaf U-15 Championship. Coach Dave Van Den Bergh’s team faces Panama on Thursday.

Busio, who hails from Greensboro, North Carolina, moved to Sporting KC’s youth program from the North Carolina Fusion in 2016. He played three games for the U-14s in the 2016-17 season before moving up to the U-16/17s and earned Central Conference Best XI honors. Busio lives with a host family in Kansas City.

Giovanni Reyna of NYCFC opened the scoring in the win over T&T and set up the first U.S. goal in the victory over Costa Rica with a free kick headed in by Joseph Scally.


Giovanni Reyna (Photo courtesy of Concacaf)

Lonestar SC’s Julian Gaines, the younger brother of McKinze Gaines, now with German second division SV Darmstadt, scored the second goal against the Ticos before a strike from Mason Judge and a Costa Rica own goal.

Aug. 13
USA 2 Canada 0
Goals: Gianluca Busio 33, 35.

Aug. 14
USA 6 Trinidad & Tobago 0
Goals: Giovanni Reyna (pen.) 2, own goal-Antonio Chee Ting 4, Alfonso Ocampo 9, Gianluca Busio 39, 70, Cesar Reyes 68.

Aug. 16
USA 4 Costa Rica 1
Goals: Joseph Scally 20, Julian Gaines 44, Mason Judge 51, own goal-Sergio Cespedes 62; Geancarlo Castro 8,

Aug. 17
Semifinals (TV: Univision Deportes)
Mexico-Canada (9 am ET)
USA-Panama (11 am ET)

Aug. 19
Final

U.S. U-15 boys national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): JT Harms (Shattuck-Saint Mary's; Faribault, Minn.), Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.).
DEFENDERS (6): Axel Alejandre (FC United Soccer Club; Chicago, Ill.), George Bello (Atlanta United; Douglasville, Ga.), Mitch Eise (Sporting Kansas City; Springfield, Mo.), Mason Judge (Chargers Soccer Club; Tampa, Fla.), Kenny Nielsen (Pateadores; Irvine, Calif.), Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Josh Atencio (Seattle Sounders; Seattle, Wash.), Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Cesar Garcia (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal; Panorama City, Calif.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, N.J.).
FORWARDS (5): Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greensboro, N.C.), Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Texas), Daniel Mangarov (Atlanta United; Duluth, Ga.), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders; Fresno, Calif.), Giovanni Reyna (New York City FC; Bedford, N.Y.).

1 comment about "U.S. U-15 boys cruise into Concacaf semis ".
  1. don Lamb, August 16, 2017 at 7:55 p.m.

    H - Still think Costa Rica is doing a better job developing players than us?

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