In the 1900s, millions of Italians migrated from the Old Country to the United States, lured by the opportunity of the American Dream.
Many made their fortunes, some stayed, and some returned home.
Over a century later, thousands of Italian student-athletes have repeated the same journey, leaving Italy for America to pursue their college football careers and education.
After college, many remain in the United States and some return home, but only a minority achieve their dream of playing professional football.
The USL Championship and USL League 1 saw Claudio Repetto, Marco Milanese and Luca Mastrantonio fulfill the American Dream.
With the USL experiencing unprecedented growth and success in the men’s and women’s domestic matches and transfer market, the United States will host Conmebol’s Copa America, FIFA Club World Cup and FIFA World Cup in the near future. . Witnessed a historic moment in American football.
“Interest is very high, and relations between the US and Europe are also improving, with multiple agents working in both academic and professional-level fields,” Repetto said. “In my opinion, if ever there was a moment to bet on yourself and come to America, this is the best moment.”
Aside from 2021 Ligue 1 All-League First Team midfielder Marco Micarretto, the only active Italian-born and Italian-bred footballers who went pro in the United States after going through the American college football system are Repetto, Milanese and Mast. Only the three of Lantonio.