A week after earning his MLS debut, Sporting Kansas City teenager Gianluca Busio made more history this weekend, becoming the third-youngest player to start an MLS game in Sporting's 1-0 victory over Houston.
Busio, who is 16, was put in the starting lineup by head coach Peter Vermes for Saturday’s road match vs. the Houston Dynamo, and responded with a beautiful one-touch chipped assist to Diego Rubio on Sporting KC's second-half strike. Vermes had high praise for Busio's overall performance, telling reporters postgame that it was worthy of "Man of the Match" honors.
Busio was the second-youngest player to sign an MLS contract, behind only Adu, when he inked a Homegrown deal with SKC as a 15-year-old last August. He impressed Vermes in his first MLS appearance last week when he played 13 minutes in a 3-2 loss to FC Dallas.
Busio's night got off a to an eventful start when Houston's Alejandro Fuenmayor elbowed him in the head and was sent off with a straight red card in the 14th minute. Later in the first half, the 16-year-old had a rocket of a shot go just wide.
Vermes: "Busio was the man of the match."— Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) August 5, 2018
5 Youngest Starters in MLS History
|Freddy Adu||D.C. United||14 years, 334 days|
|Alphonso Davies||Whitecaps FC||15 years, 327 days|
|Gianluca Busio||Sporting KC||16 years, 68 days|
|Nikolas Besagno||RSL||16 years, 201 days|
|Diego Fagundez||NE Revolution||16 years, 229 days|