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Gianluca Busio juggling USA U-17 success with Sporting heartache

It's somewhat of a bittersweet moment for rising star Gianluca Busio.

The "sweet" portion of the concoction heavily outweighs its inverse and is easily identifiable. The 16-year-old, through match congestion and injury, forced himself through as crowded a midfield in MLS to carve a regular role with Sporting Kansas City, where he has made full use of the opportunities, scoring three goals.

Internationally, Busio is currently starring for the US U-17 men's national team at the Concacaf Championship, where his five goals are tied for second in the competition as he has helped lead his side to clinch qualification for the U-17 World Cup, preparing for a semifinal against Canada.