Como 1907 Unveils MLS Breakout Talent: Niko Gioacchini
Como 1907 Football Club is thrilled to announce the signing of Nicholas ‘Niko’ Gioacchini, a dynamic attacking centre forward with dual American and Italian citizenship. A product of Paris FC’s youth academy system, who spent his formative years growing up in Parma, the 23 year old has signed a contract until the end of 26/27 season.
Niko’s ascent in European football saw him amass 88 appearances, 12 goals, and four assists during his time with Ligue 2 French side, SM Caen. This was then followed by a loan spell with Montpellier HSC in Ligue 1 before he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with MLS team Orlando City. Niko was most recently selected by St. Louis City in the 2022 MLS Expansion Draft and was pivotal in the team winning the Western Conference in their first year as a franchise and qualifying for the 2024 CONCACAF Champions Cup.
Born in Kansas City, Niko has appeared on the international stage for the U.S. Men’s National Team, making his senior debut against Wales and has since registered eight caps, scoring three goals and providing two assists for the U.S. in those matches including five appearances, one goal and an assist in the U.S Men’s National Team’s 2021 Gold Cup championship win.
Caretaker Manager Osian Roberts expressed enthusiasm about Gioacchini’s arrival, emphasising its significance to the club’s long term ambitions. “Niko is a versatile, exciting young player. We believe he will offer something different up front, complimenting Cutrone and Gabrielloni and ultimately developing over the rest of the season and beyond to help achieve our playing vision. Niko is able to play as an attacking centre forward as well as a winger, giving us options which is essential as the season progresses.”
Gioacchini conveyed his eagerness, remarking, “My dad is Italian so playing in Italy has always been a dream of mine. I can’t wait to contribute to Como’s journey, aiming for promotion and, ultimately, achieving the dream of playing on the Serie A stage.”