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Gianluca Busio, Kristoffer Lund both score in Serie B return

A pair of American players found the back of the net on Monday in their return to Serie B play.

Gianluca Busio and Kristoffer Lund both celebrated goals for their respective clubs despite suffering defeats in league play Monday. Busio played 71 minutes in Venezia’s 3-2 loss to Reggiana while Lund went the distance in Palermo’s 4-3 defeat to Pisa.

Busio’s 20th minute finished boosted Venezia in front before Joel Pahjanpalo doubled the hosts lead only 13 minutes later. However, Reggiana would fight back and walk away with all three points on the road.

Manolo Portanova, an Giorgio Altare own goal, and Edoardo Pieragnolo all hit back for Reggiana to give them a shock win.

Busio was substituted off in the 71st minute while fellow U.S. men’s national team midfielder Tanner Tessmann played 90 minutes.

Third-place Venezia next visits Ascoli on Sunday, April 7 seeking a bounce-back result. Venezia sits one point back of second-place Como heading into its final six matches of the season.


Kristoffer Lund and Palermo were also on the losing end of things on Monday.

Lund scored in the 42nd minute for the visitors, but Pisa scored four goals in the second half to claim a 4-3 result. The USMNT left back’s top-shelf finished doubled Palermo’s lead before halftime, giving him his second goal of the season.

However, Pisa would rally back to move one point out of the promotion playoffs.

Lund, 21, led all players in tackles completed (3) and duels won (8).

Palermo are nine points clear of ninth-place Pisa and next host Sampdoria on Saturday, April 6.

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  1. Losing after taking a 2-0 lead dropping you out of an automatic promotion spot. Venezia is almost assured of making the playoffs but they seem to make it hard on themselves whenever they get in an automatic promotion spot.

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    • Lund’s an impressive athlete with good skill and very good speed. He just suffers a bit in comparison to Jedi because Jedi is a world-class athlete who is one of the more impressive physical specimens even in the EPL, which is saying something. Lund does have the look of somebody with more than sufficient potential of settling into a team in a Top-5 league and staying there for a good long while, though. It’s a great luxury to have, especially since left backs are ordinarily unicorns and the hardest guys to find.

      That said, I’ve personally been advocating bringing just three outside backs to Copa America since Dest and Scally can both play LB and McKennie, Adams, and Weah have all played right back at some point…we have more than adequate cover at outside back, but you can always use another scorer to bring in off the bench. Which would free Lund up for Olympic duty. It’s obvious Gregg rates Lund ahead of John Tolkin – who I do like a lot too – and since Gregg has had good long looks up close with both players I’d defer to that opinion. I’ll give Gregg his due – I do not always agree with his tactics and I hate his game management – good God, is he bad at reading the flow of a game – but I’ve seldom quibbled with him about talent evaluations.

      Plus Lund has always been sort of an outsider into the USMNT pool, a fringe guy from a different culture scrabbling for a place in the pool, and I personally think it’d be good for the guy to be a starter and a key cog in a US side rather than just a bench guy clinging to a spot. It might also light a fire under Tolkin to get to Europe rather than just hanging in his comfie spot with the Red Bulls.

      I do think either Tolkin or Lund will likely be on the 2026 World Cup roster. Given that there will be at least one additional round in the knockouts since the tournament field has been expanded to 48, you’d think the 26-man roster size we saw in Qatar will probably become a permanent thing. IMHO – get the guy some competitive games in a US shirt before then.

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