The U.S. Soccer team named their 2022 U.S. Soccer Fustal Player of the year, as Diego Burato has recieved the award. Burato has been a standout with the team, shining in his international debut with two goals and three assists in six games played.
“Diego has made a big impact since coming into the Futsal MNT setup,” said U.S. Soccer Sr. Director of Technical & Grassroots of Extended National Teams Stuart Sharp. “I recently told him he reminds me of a conductor in the way he controls the tempo and directs the play in what can be a fast-flowing game. Diego had an excellent 2022, but I believe with the support of his teammates and staff, he can even go to an even higher level in this coming year.”
The U.S. Fustal National team had a match in the 2022 Umag Nations Cup in Croatia, winning the tournament after defeating the Czech Republic U21 (5-3), Slovenia U21s (5-2) and France U23s (5-3) in the friendly tournament played at the Novigrad Sports Hall.
Burato had a huge roll to play in the team, especially in the victory over Czech Republic U21s as he scored his first two international goals.
“I would like to thank my coaches, teammates and all the people who voted for me,” Burato said. “I’m doing my best for the U.S. Futsal National Team and being Player of the Year is a great personal achievement. I’m very happy and honored, and now it’s time to work even harder to reach our goals and have a great year in 2023.”
The FNT also participated in three friendly matches during the two-week trip in Croatia, tying and defeating Montenegro prior to the tournament, along with beating the Czech Republic U21s again on the last day. Burato is one of 10 players who made their USA debuts as the team went undefeated over the last six matches.
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