New England Revolution Acquire Forward Giacomo Vrioni from Juventus FC as Designated Player

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July 5, 2022 – Major League Soccer (MLS)New England Revolution News Release

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have acquired forward Giacomo Vrioni (JA-co-MO vree-OWN-nee) from Italian Serie A club Juventus FC and signed the Italy native and Albania National Team striker to a Designated Player contract through the 2025 MLS season with an additional one-year club option. Vrioni, 23, will occupy New England’s third and final Designated Player slot as well as an International roster slot, pending receipt of his visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Vrioni arrives in New England after scoring 19 goals in the Austrian Bundesliga, tied for the league lead, while on loan with WSG Tirol during the 2021-22 campaign. With 17 regular season tallies and four more in Europa League Playoff and domestic cup action, Vrioni totaled 21 goals with five assists in 30 appearances across all competitions with the Austrian club. Prior to the loan spell, the San Severino Marche, Italy native made 13 appearances between the Juventus FC senior team in Serie A and Under-23 side in Serie C.

“We are pleased to announce the signing of Giacomo Vrioni to a long-term contract with the New England Revolution. Giacomo caught our eye with his recent goal-scoring success in Austria and came highly recommended by some truly outstanding people in our sport,” Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “I look forward to Giacomo’s arrival in New England and look forward to working with him. He is a most welcomed addition to our team”.

“I am excited to start this next chapter of my life and career in Boston and Major League Soccer with the New England Revolution,” Vrioni said. “I have seen many talented players come from Europe and thrive in MLS, which is why I believe this is the right time to take this step in my career. I look forward to meeting all my new teammates, coaches, and the Revolution supporters soon.”

Vrioni began his career in the youth ranks of Matelica Calcio in his home province of Marche, before stints with Italian clubs Sampdoria, Pistoiese, Venezia, and Cittadella. The striker excelled with Sampdoria Primavera (Under-19s), recording 17 goals and six assists in 50 games from 2015-17. Vrioni joined Venezia FC for the 2018-19 season, appearing 24 times in Serie B.

A dual citizen of Italy and Albania, Vrioni represented Italy’s youth national teams at the Under-18 and Under-19 levels before switching his allegiance to represent…

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