|Full name Luca Centurione|
1996 Toronto Italia
Place of birth Lanciano, Italy
1997-1998 Toronto Lynx
|Playing position |
Name Luca Centurione
Luca Centurione is a former Italian footballer who played the majority of his career in North America.
Centurione began his career with Toronto Italia of the Canadian National Soccer League in 1996. He made his debut on June 23, 1996 against the Toronto Supra in a 1-1 draw. A week after he recorded his first two goals for the club on June 30, 1996 in a match against Oakville Canadian Westerns in 3-1 victory. The following season, he added a Treble (association football) to his resume by winning the Umbro Cup along with Playoff Championship. He managed to achieve a undefeated season with Toronto along with their treble victory. In 1997, Centurione signed with expansion franchise the Toronto Lynx of the USL A-League, where he was re-united with his old Toronto Italia head coach Peter Pinizzotto. His signing was on April, 1997 in a press conference which revealed the club's roster for the 1997 season. He made his debut for the club on April 12, 1997 in a match against the Jacksonville Cyclones which resulted in 3-1 defeat during the match he received a red card. Centurione assisted the club in qualifying for the post season for the first time in the franchise's history, by finishing 4th in the Northeastern division. The Lynx were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs against the Montreal Impact. He returned to the Lynx the following year where he appeared in 4 matches, but failed to make the post season by finishing second last in their division.
In 2002, Centurione signed with the Brampton Hitmen of the Canadian Professional Soccer League. He made his debut for the club on August 22, 2002 in 1-0 defeat to the Metro Lions. He scored his first goal for Brampton on October 6, 2002 in a match against North York Astros. He featured in 6 matches for the Hitmen, but the club failed to reach the postseason by finishing sixth in the standings of the Western Conference. He returned to Brampton the following year and his signing was announced on June 6, 2003. He featured in the majority of the season for Brampton, but didn`t appear in the postseason matches where the Hitmen claimed the CPSL Championship.