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SKC academy gem Gianluca Busio laced a perfect free kick

Written by Will Parchman


Our boys IMG Top 150 class of 2020 is still rounding itself into a discernible shape. Most of these kids are, after all, still grinding away at the U16 level at the oldest. But it’s a good place to start if you’re looking for some of the top up-and-coming USYNT prospects, and your eyes might quickly alight on No. 5 after seeing this wicked golazo.

If you’ve never been acquainted, say hello to Sporting KC U16 maestro Gianluca Busio.

Busio is the No. 5 player in the 2020 class, and he executed this ray of morning glory over the weekend in a 2-1 win over Lonestar SC to push the SKC U16 team’s record to 14-3-1. Busio, a four-star attacking dynamo who joined the academy from Greensboro, North Carolina this fall, made his first USYNT splash in 2016 with then-coach John Hackworth’s U15 BNT. It’s in that capacity that he’s earned an increasing number of looks from Europe for his play on the international level. He was most recently called into a U15 BNT camp in January, and his inclusion in the next U17 World Cup cycle is probably a mere matter of course.

In the meantime, Busio is doing things like this. He’s currently eighth in the Central Division in goals per game with six tallies from 10 matches. One to keep an eye on.

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