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Updated August 4, 2021
GIACOMO VRIONI AT A GLANCE:
MLS CAREER: Transferred to New England from Juventus FC and signed as a Designated Player and International on July 5, 2022...(7/23) at CLB: Made MLS debut with a 23-minute appearance, recording nine touches...(7/30) vs. TOR: Saw first action at Gillette Stadium in a 35-minute substitute appearance.
CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Made professional debut with Serie D side Matelica on Dec. 7, 2014, starting and playing 63 minutes against Sambenedettese…Transferred to Sampdoria where he scored 17 goals in 50 games with Sampdoria Primavera (U-19s) from 2015-17…Also saw action in eight games for the Sampdoria U-17 side, scoring three goals…Made 25 appearances for the Sampdoria U-19s during the 2015-16 season, registering six goals with one assist in his first full season for the club… Added two additional appearances in the 2015-16 Coppa Italia Primavera…Spent the 2017-18 season on loan with Serie C side U.S. Pistoiese, where he made 28 appearances across all competitions and scored eight goals with four assists…Was loaned to Serie B side Venezia for the duration of the 2018-19 season, making 25 appearances across all competitions and scoring a goal and two assists…Sent on loan in 2019 to Serie B side Cittadella, making five appearances across all competitions with one assist…Sold to Juventus for an undisclosed fee on Jan. 30, 2020 and was assigned to the club Under-23 side…Appeared in 11 games for the Juventus U-23s over two seasons, scoring three goals and adding two assists…Also saw action in two matches for the Juventus senior team…Spent the 2021-22 season on loan with Austrian Bundesliga side WSG Tirol, appearing in 30 matches and tallying 21 goals with five assists across all competitions.
Juventus (Italy): Sold to Juventus for an undisclosed fee on Jan. 30, 2020 and was assigned to the club Under-23 side… Appeared in 11 games for the Juventus U-23s over two seasons, scoring three goals and adding two assists…Also logged two appearances for the Juventus first team…Made debut for the Juventus U-23s on Feb. 2, 2020 against Pontedera…Scored first goal for the Juventus U-23s in the Serie C Playoff Quarterfinals against Carrarese…Notched senior team debut for Juventus on Aug. 1, 2020 to close the pandemic-delayed season, logging 11 minutes as a substitute against AS Roma…Also saw action for the first team on Oct. 25, 2020 in a 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona…Scored a goal and recorded an assist in a 2-0 victory for the Juventus U-23s over Grosseto on Nov. 25, 2020…Subsequently missed five months after suffering a fibula fracture…Returned to action for the Juventus U-23s on April 22, 2021…Scored final goal for the club on April 25, 2021 in a U-23s victory over Carrarese…Registered an assist in a Serie C Playoffs First Round victory over Pro Patria on May 9, 2021.
WSG Tirol (Austria): Spent the 2021-22 season on loan with Austrian Bundesliga side WSG Tirol, appearing in 30 matches and tallying 21 goals with five assists across all competitions…Scored on club debut in OFB Cup action against Leobendorf…Netted goal in first two league matches, both 1-1 draws, on Aug. 1, 2021 at Austian Wien and Aug. 8, 2021 against LASK…Scored third goal on Aug, 28, 2021 against SK Austria Klangenfurt…Netted goals in four consecutive appearances between Oct. 23 and Nov. 27, 2021, including back-to-back two-goal efforts… Also tallied in a OFB Cup Round of 16 defeat to LASK on Oct. 28, 2021…Tallied two goals and two assists in a 5-1 win over Wolfsberger AC on Nov. 21, 2021…Added two goals in a 3-0 win over SCR Altach on Nov. 27, 2021…Bagged a brace on April 16, 2022 at SV Ried…Netted a hat trick on April 26, 2022 against LASK…Recorded a goal and two assists in a 90-minute effort against TSV Hartberg…In final league appearance, tallied a goal in a 25-minute performance…Recorded two goals and an assist in three Austrian Bundesliga Europa League Playoff matches…Registered a goal and an assist to lead a 2-1 victory over LASK in the Playoff semifinals…Tallied a goal in the first leg of the Playoff Finals against Rapid Wien on May 26, 2022.
Sampdoria (Italy): Scored 17 goals in 50 games with Sampdoria Primavera (U-19s) from 2015-17…Also saw action in eight games for the Sampdoria U-17 side, scoring three goals…Made club debut at the U-17 level on Jan. 25, 2015, tallying the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Fiorentina U-17s…Debuted for the Sampdoria U-19s on March 7, 2015, playing 63 minutes against Carpi U-19s…Finished the 2014-15 season with the Sampdoria U-17s, scoring in matches against Parma on March 29, 2015 and Juventus on April 18, 2015…Made 25 appearances for the Sampdoria U-19s during the 2015-16 season, registering six goals with one assist in his first full season for the club…Added two additional appearances in the 2015-16 Coppa Italia Primavera…Netted first goal for the Sampdoria U-19s on Sept. 26, 2015…Bagged a brace for the Sampdoria U-19s on Oct. 31, 2015 in a 4-1 win over Juventus U-19s…Recorded lone assist of the 2015-16 campaign on Dec. 12, 2015 in a 2-1 loss to Torino…Made 21 appearances for Sampdoria’s U-19 side in the 2016-17 season along with one appearance in the Coppa Italita Primavera…Scored in lone Coppa Italia appearance, a 4-3 win over Pescara on Sept. 21, 2016…Scored in four consecutive league games between Sept. 24 and Oct. 22, 2016, totaling five goals and two assists in that span…Tallied a brace in a 2-1 win over Perugia U-19s on Oct. 1, 2016…Tallied a goal and two assists, his first multi-assist match, in a 3-3 draw with Lazio U-19s on Oct. 15, 2016…Found the scoresheet in five straight appearances from Nov. 19, 2016 to Jan. 21, 2017, notching five goals and an assist….Scored second brace of the season on Jan. 14, 2017 in first game back from injury…Tallied a multi-assist performance in a 3-2 win over Napoli U-19s on Feb. 4, 2017.
Cittadella (Italy): Sent on loan in 2019 to Serie B side Cittadella, making five appearances across all competitions with one assist…Saw first action for the club in a Coppa Italia clash with Carpi on Aug. 18, 2019, playing 36 minutes as a substitute and converting a penalty to clinch a shootout victory…Made league debut in a 3-0 loss to Spezia on Aug. 24, 2019 against Spezia…Tallied lone assist for Cittadella on Oct. 6, 2019 in a 2-0 win over Cremonese.
Venezia (Italy): Was loaned to Serie B side Venezia for the duration of the 2018-19 season, making 25 appearances across all competitions and scoring a goal and two assists…Notched club debut on Aug. 15, 2018 in Coppa Italia action against FC Sudtirol…Started and played 76 minutes in Serie B debut on Aug. 25, 2018 against Spezia…Registered assists in consecutive appearances on Nov. 11, 2018 against Cittadella and on Nov. 24, 2018 against Brescia…Tallied lone goal of the season on Dec. 3, 2018 in a 1-1 draw at Foggia.
US Pistoiese (Italy): Spent the 2017-18 season on loan from Sampdoria with Serie C side U.S. Pistoiese, where he made 27 appearances and scored eight goals…Made club debut Aug. 20, 2017 in a Coppa Italia Serie C match with Pontedera, playing 23 minutes…Logged 22 minutes in Serie C debut on Sept. 17, 2017, scoring a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Pro Piacenza…Registered first assist on Oct. 1, 2017 in a 1-1 draw with Cuneo…Netted first career hat trick in a 3-1 win over Gavorrano on Dec. 17, 2017…Registered two goals and an assist in a 3-3 draw with Cuneo on Feb. 11, 2018.
Matelica Calcio (Italy): Made professional debut with Serie D side Matelica on Dec. 7, 2014, starting and playing 63 minutes against Sambenedettese.
NATIONAL TEAM (ITALY & ALBANIA): Holds dual citizenship with Italy and Albania…Capped six times by the Albania National Team since making his debut in 2018…Represented Albania at the U21 level and Italy at the U19 and U18 levels…Made senior national team debut for Albania on October 14, 2018 in UEFA Nations League C action against Israel, playing 17 minutes as a substitute…Has appeared in each of Albania’s last four matches, including UEFA Nations League B clashes with Iceland on June 6, 2022 and Israel on June 10, 2022…Started and played 63 minutes in a friendly against Estonia on June 13, 2022…Featured eight times for the Albania U-21 National Team, including six appearances in UEFA U-21 European Championship qualifying…Scored in his Albania U-21 debut, slotting home the only goal against Italy in a 3-1 loss on Sept. 11, 2018…Notched an assist for the Albania U-21s in a 5-1 win over Austria on Sept. 4, 2020…Tallied the winning goal in a UEFA U-21 Euros Qualifying match against Andorra…Made five appearances for the Italy U-19s, scoring two goals…Netted his first international goal against the Turkey U-19s on Sept. 6, 2016…Also tallied in a 2-1 loss to the Portugal U-19s on Oct. 9, 2016…Saw action in two matches for the Italy U-18 side in early 2016.
Personal: Full name is Giacomo Vrioni…Holds dual citizenship in Italy and Albania and has represented both nations on the international stage…Chose New England over offers in France and the Netherlands…Fluent in English, Italian, and Albanian.
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