Defender made 48 league appearances with FC Tucson in last two seasons
PAPILLION, Neb. (January 24, 2023) – Union Omaha announced today the signing of defender Luca Mastrantonio for the 2023 season, pending league and federation approval. Mastrantonio is the club’s first 2023 signing outside of the group of initial returners.
Mastrantonio comes to Omaha by way of former League One member FC Tucson, where he played a vital role in the back line over the last two seasons. The 26-year-old Italian played every minute for the side last season, recording 2 goals, 18 shots and 114 clearances with four League One Team of the Week appearances to his credit. Before starting his professional career, Mastrantonio proved to be a standout at the University of California-Irvine, earning All-Big West First-Team honors his senior season.
“Luca is a player that has been an important piece of FC Tucson’s backline for the past couple of seasons,” Union Omaha Head Coach Dominic Casciato said. “He’s a hard-nosed defender that loves to compete, and I’m looking forward to adding his desire to win and professionalism to our locker room.”
“Luca has proven over the last two seasons that he is a great player in this league,” Union Omaha General Manager Peter Marlette said. “Being able to sign a guy who started every possible match last season was a huge opportunity for us, and I’m glad we were able to get it done. I know the fans will love what Luca brings to the team and community.”
“I can’t wait to join this great club with such amazing fans,” Mastrantonio said. “The winning culture in Omaha has always been outstanding, and it was a no-brainer for me to join this team. I am sure we are going to accomplish great things this year together.”
Phonetic pronunciation of name: [LOO-KAH MAHS-TRAN-TONE-EE-OH]
Weight: 172 lbs.
Date of birth: 5/27/1996
Born: Rome, Italy
Previous Club: FC Tucson
Single-match tickets and season ticket memberships for the 2023 season are currently available via UnionOmaha.com or through the Werner Park Ticket Office by calling 402-738-5100.
ABOUT UNION OMAHA
Union Omaha, the 2021 USL League One Champion, is the only professional soccer team in the state of Nebraska. USL League One is a United States Soccer Federation-sanctioned professional men’s soccer league that occupies the third tier of the American soccer landscape, below USL Championship (tier two) and Major League Soccer (tier one). Union Omaha plays its home matches at Werner Park in Sarpy County, also home to the Omaha Storm Chasers of Minor League Baseball. The team is led by General Manager Peter Marlette in the front office and Head Coach Dominic Casciato on the field.