According to the club’s website, 18 year-old Claudio Vaughn has signed on with Italian Serie C side Virtus Francavilla Calcio, on a one-year deal with the possibility of two more.

Vaughn is a young American who has thus far flown under US Soccer’s radar, and is earning his stripes as a professional and Yank Abroad in Italy. He will spend the upcoming season with the Apulia team in Italy’s third level, competing in the league’s Southern Group.

The Seattle native, who also holds an Italian passport through his mother, spent time in the US youth soccer Olympic Development Program before moving to Spain to take part in Barcelona’s TOVO Academy, and then to Italy.

Now training with his new team, Francavilla just announced that they will play a friendly against Serie A side US Lecce. They finished sixth place in their division last season, and entered the promotion playoff, only to be elimited in the second round.

Yanks Abroad will keep track of the youngster this season in our weekly Italian recaps, and will also bring our readers an interview with Claudio after the Lecce game. Stay tuned.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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