Sporting KC signs 15-year-old Busio to homegrown deal

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Sporting Kansas City has agreed to a contract with 15-year-old Gianluca Busio on a homegrown contract, making him the youngest player signed by an MLS club since Freddy Adu joined D.C. United in 2004.

The club announced the contract on Friday.

Busio has spent time with Sporting KC's youth clubs, and ultimately decided to sign a contract with the club despite overtures from several other MLS franchises. The versatile forward will likely spend the upcoming season with the club's under-17 programs, but could join the senior team soon.

Erik Palmer-Brown was the previous youngest player to sign with Sporting KC when he agreed to a deal at 16 in August 2013. He made his debut with the senior team the following summer.

Adu, who became a U.S. national team staple, was 14 when he signed with D.C. United.