HERRIMAN, Utah (Wednesday, August 24, 2022) – Real Monarchs have announced the signing of defender Gennaro Nigro from Potenza Calcio in Serie C to an MLS NEXT Pro professional contract, pending league approval.
“Gennaro joined us on trial and immediately impressed the technical and Front Office staff within our organization,” Assistant General Manager Tony Beltran said. “We look forward to seeing how he will evolve as a player within our system in the coming years.”
Nigro, 22, joins Real Monarchs after having spent the last five years playing in Italy. In 2018 the New Jersey-born defender, who at the time was committed to play soccer at Cornell University, signed with Italian powerhouse AS Roma in Serie A, appearing in 20 matches for their second division team. After two seasons Nigro transferred to Potenza Calcio in Italy’s third division where he made 27 appearances across two seasons.
Real Monarchs are currently competing in the newly formed MLS NEXT Pro, with its next match at home set for Friday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. MT at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah against Tacoma Defiance. The Club’s move to MLS NEXT Pro comes after seven seasons in the USL Championship, during which the team won the 2019 USL Championship Cup, the 2017 USL Regular Season Shield and the Western Conference Title in both 2017 and 2019, while also qualifying for the postseason in 2018.
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TRANSACTION: Real Monarchs sign defender Gennaro Nigro to an MLS NEXT Pro professional contract on August 24, 2022
Name: Gennaro Nigro
Date of Birth: May 29, 2000
Hometown: Livingston, New Jersey
Citizenship: United States
Last Club: Potenza Calcio
How Acquired: Signed on August 24, 2022
Real Monarchs current roster as of 08/24/22
Goalkeepers: Fernando Delgado
Defenders: Bobby Pierre, Pierre Reedy, Golden Mafwenta, Aziz Kayondo, Omar Alba, Gennaro Nigro
Midfielders: Jack Imperato, Leo Torres, Pedro Fonseca, Tyrone Mondi, Christian Nydegger
Forwards: Terron Williams, Yekeson Subah