GPS New York is pleased to announce that Leo Christiano has signed for Sporting Kansas City. He will join up with the Sporting KC youth set up in August.
Sporting Kansas City is based in Kansas City, Missouri. Their Senior team currently play in the MLS Western Conference. They have won their MLS Conference five times as well as the MLS Cup on two occasions, in 2000 and 2013 and four time winners of the US Open Cup.
Leo has played for GPS Buffalo for six years. He first began playing as part of the clubs old Center of Excellence program. Leo has twice won the New York West State Cup with the GPS Buffalo Boys 2005 team in 2017 and 2018. This season Leo has played with the Boys 2006 GPS Buffalo team and GPS New York Regional team.
During his time at GPS, Leo has been heavily involved in the FC Bayern ID program. Leo first travelled to Munich, Germany in 2015 to attend the FC Bayern Munich open tryouts. He attended the FCB ID program residential camp in Savannah, GA in 2017. Later he was selected to travel to Munich in April 2018, along with Buffalo teammate Johnny Mullane, as part of a GPS select team that faced FC Bayern Munich U12s at the FC Bayern Campus. Leo was on the score sheet that day, in the first ever game between GPS and FC Bayern.
As a result of his performances Leo along with two other GPS male players were invited back in November 2018 to play and train with the FC Bayern Munich team. Most recently Leo returned to Munich with the GPS U12 team to play FC Bayern Munich and other local German opposition.
“Leo has been apart of every facet of GPS Programming, he came to GPS from Delaware Soccer Club with a lot of potential and talent,” said GPS New York General Manager Brian Patterson.“The opportunity’s and coaching staff within the club have allowed him to obtain his pursuit of becoming a professional soccer player or set him up to play college soccer at a high level. GPS is very proud of Leo and his accomplishments to date but he has got bigger challenges ahead of him, we wish him and his family all the best.”
Leo is the third GPS New York player in the past two years to move to a MLS Academy, following Quant and Pollard last summer, to Sporting Kansas City & Columbus Crew respectively.
Good luck Leo at Sporting KC !