Gaston Sauro

Gaston Sauro
Gaston Sauro
Gaston Sauro
Defender
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Real Name: Gaston Sauro
HT: 6' 3" WT: 190
Pronunciation: GAS-tone sOW-roh
Season Ending Injury
Age: 27 (02/23/1990)
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Hometown: Rosario, Argentina

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017 (Columbus): Sauro was added to the Season-Ending Injury List on March 4, 2017 and will miss the 2017 MLS Season. 

2016 (Columbus): Sauro made 13 appearances (12 starts) for Crew SC at centerback. He started in the season opener at Portland (March 6) and again vs. Philadelphia (March 12). He continued in the starting lineup for every match through the tilt at Montreal (April 9).  He started against Colorado (May 14) and at Toronto (May 21), exiting the match with a left knee injury. He returned to the lineup with a start at LA (September 3) and continued there for every match through the contest vs. New England (September 25). He started and helped Crew SC keep a 3-0 shutout vs. Chicago (October 1). Sauro did not make an appearance in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

2015 (Columbus): Sauro made four appearances (four starts) at centerback for Crew SC after being signed as a Discovery Signing on August 6 after last playing for Italy’s Calcio Catania, where he spent the 2014-15 season on-loan from Switzerland’s FC Basel. The Argentine made his club and League debut with a start against FC Dallas (September 6). He helped Crew SC keep a clean sheet with a start in a 2-0 win at Toronto (October 17) and was part of back-to-back shutout efforts after starting against D.C. United on Decision Day (October 25), a 5-0 win for Columbus. In the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, Sauro made four additional starts for Crew SC. He did not make an appearance in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, having joined the club following the conclusion of its tournament run.

2014-15 (Calcio Catania): Sauro spent the 2014-15 campaign on loan from FC Basel to Italy's Calcio Catania, where he made 27 Serie B appearances (21 starts), scoring one goal, on October 28, 2014 against Virtus Entella. He also made one appearance in the Coppa Italia. 

2013-14 (FC Basel): In his second season with FC Basel, Sauro made 34 appearances across all competitions. In the Swiss Super League, he made 18 appearances, assisting the club to the title with a 19-2-15 record. Sauro helped Basel emerge from qualification to make the Group Stage of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League, where he made a substitute appearance against Chelsea in Group E. He made six appearances in the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League (all starts).

2012-13 (FC Basel): Ahead of the 2012-13 season, Sauro moved to Europe to join Swiss giant FC Basel. In his debut season with the club, he made 16 Swiss Super League appearances, scoring one goal and adding one assist as Basel finished the season as champions with a 21-6-9 record. He also made four 2012-13 UEFA Europa League appearances, including a start in the second leg of the Semifinal against Chelsea, as well as six UEFA Champions League qualification appearances. 

2011-12 (Boca Juniors): In his final season at Boca Juniors, Sauro was a part of the squad that won the Apertura with an unbeaten 12-0-7 record. He made three appearances for the season as a whole, with two coming in the Clausura and one in the Copa Libertadores. He scored his first professional goal on June 24, 2012 against All Boys.

2010-11 (Boca Juniors): Sauro made two appearances in the 2010-11 Argentine Primera Division Apertura and one in the Clausura. Both Apertura appearances were as a second-half substitute, and the defender helped Boca Juniors finish off clean sheets in both occurrences.

2009-10 (Boca Juniors): The defender made five appearances (all starts) in the 2009-10 Apertura, with Boca Juniors going 2-1-2 over the span.

2008-09 (Boca Juniors): In his debut professional season, Sauro made five appearances in the 2008-09 Argentine Primera Division Clausura, with his debut coming on April 12, 2009 against Estudiantes. 

ACQUIRED

Columbus Crew SC signs defender Gaston Sauro as a Discovery Signing on August 6, 2015. Targeted Allocation Money was used to acquire the player. He will officially be added to the Black & Gold roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

Name: Gaston Sauro
Pronunciation: GAS-tone sOW-roh
Position: Defender
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 185
Born: February 23, 1990 in Rosario, Argentina
Hometown: Rosario, Argentina
Citizenship: Argentina
Acquired: Signed by Crew SC on August 6, 2015. Targeted Allocation Money was used to acquire the player. He will officially be added to the Black & Gold roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.
Previous Experience: Calcio Catania (2014-15), FC Basel (2012-15), Boca Juniors (2008-12)

PERSONAL

Sauro is fan of Argentine rock and roll and also lists the movie Men of Honor as his favorite. He speaks Spanish, Italian, and some English. Growing up, he was a fan of Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys from Rosario, his hometown. His favorite soccer player as a kid was Walter Samuel, who played for Newell's Old Boys from 1996-1997 before moving on to play at Boca Juniors, Roma, Real Madrid, Inter and Basel. If he were not a soccer player, he would like to be a lawyer.


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Stats

MLS
Career Statistics (Regular Season)
YearClubGPGSGMINSASHTSSOGFCOFFYR
2017Columbus Crew SC00000000000
2016Columbus Crew SC1312091802023030
2015Columbus Crew SC4402730106020
Career Totals-17160119103029050
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