Busio scored five goals in five games as the USA finished runner-up to Mexico in the U-15 regional championship. He scored three goals when the U.S. U-15s won the Torneo Delle Nazioni in Italy in May. After arriving in Kansas City, where he lives with a host family, he played for Sporting's U-14, U16 and U-18 Development Academy teams.
"This is a dream come true, and I could not be more grateful," Busio said. "Since I was a kid, I always dreamed of being a professional soccer player, so I want to thank [head coach] Peter Vermes and the Sporting Kansas City organization for giving me this opportunity. From the day I arrived in Kansas City, they have made me feel like part of the family."
CLASS OF 2020
Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy II)
George Bello (Atlanta United)
Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC)
CLASS OF 2019
Jesus Ferreira (FC Dallas)
Azriel Gonzalez (Sounders FC 2)
Roberto Hategan (Sac Republic FC)
James Sands (NYCFC)
Previously, the youngest player to sign with MLS was Freddy Adu at 14 years old with D.C. United in 2004.
"Gianluca is a very talented player who has the opportunity to progress along our professional pathway from the Academy to the first team," said Vermes said. "He fits our style of play, has great vision on the field and can score goals from several different positions. As Gianluca continues to develop, the structure of our club will allow him to take steps toward his objective of playing at the top level for Sporting KC in the future."
Busio is Sporting KC's fifth Homegrown Player signing and the fourth on the current roster, joining Kevin Ellis, Erik Palmer-Brown and Daniel Salloi. Goalkeeper Jon Kempin, Kansas City's first Homegrown signing, is now with the Los Angeles Galaxy.