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Just How Young is Gianluca Busio?

Sporting has signed an academy player born in 2002, don’t feel old yet? Read on.

Sporting Kansas City today announced the signing of their latest homegrown player, Gianluca Busio to a first team contract. At 15 years, 89 days, Busio is the second youngest player ever signed to an MLS contract. With his date of birth being 5/28/2002, he becomes the first player that Kansas City has signed that was born after the year 2000. With that thought in mind I started thinking about those lists that come out this time of year that talk about things this year's college freshman have always had/happened before they were born. So to try and show just how young Busio is here are some things that have come around since he was born or have always been around.


Busio has been alive for four World Cups and has seen four different teams lift the trophy Brazil (2002), Italy (2006), Spain (2010), and Germany (2014).

He's only seen one World Cup (2006) where the United States has failed to advance past the group stage of the competition.

US Soccer has only had three head coaches (Bruce Arena, Bob Bradley and Jurgen Klinsmann).

Busio has never known an MLS where the Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion existed (both folded in January 2002).

Kerry Zavagnin has been with Sporting KC longer than Busio has been alive.

Peter Vermes retired as a player the same year Busio was born.

David Beckham played just one season with Manchester United while Busio was alive.

World events

He was born after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.

He has not been alive for a US hosted Olympic games.


He's always had the ability to listen to music electronically.

He's also never lived in a world with Napster in its original form.

He's lived in a world that has always had Wi-Fi.

He's lived in a world that has always had Wikipedia.

He has never known a world where he had to use a paper map instead of Mapquest or Google Maps.

Google has existed his entire life.

He’s always had a keyboard to text with. You want to text an S? Well be prepared to hit the “7” key four times!

The Playstation 2 and Xbox were already released.

Pop culture

Over half the Harry Potter series had been published by the time he was born.

Only one of the three Lord of the Rings Movies had been released before he was born.

He's been alive for only seven of the eight Fast and Furious movies.

The movie Shrek has always been out in theaters.

The songs "Lose Yourself" by Eminem and Fell in Love with a Girl by The White Stripes both came out in 2002.

Grand Theft Auto III (which is the original 3D GTA you probably think of) came out the year before he was born.

He was born 12 days after Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones was released.

He was born the same year American Idol debuted.

Tom Brady has been playing in the NFL all Busio's life.

The Peanuts cartoon has always been in reruns.

Sum 41 is “classic rock” for Busio.

Spongebob Squarpants is older than he is.

Brittany Spears and Justin Timberlake broke up in 2002.

The New England Patriots had barely won their first Super Bowl when he was born.