Simone Bracalello

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Simone Bracalello
Personal information
Full name Simone Bracalello
Date of birth (1985-10-21) October 21, 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Genoa, Italy
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Carolina RailHawks
Youth career
1995–2000 Sampdoria
2000–2001 Sestrese
2001–2002 Savona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Savona 1 (0)
2003–2004 Como 0 (0)
2004–2005 Vado 28 (2)
2005–2006 Sestri Levante 27 (1)
2006–2007 Pontedecimo Polis 26 (12)
2007–2008 Prato 23 (3)
2010–2014 Minnesota United[1] 117 (29)
2015 Carolina RailHawks 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 26, 2015.

Simone Bracalello, also known in Italy as "Bracca", (born October 21, 1985 in Genoa) is an Italian footballer who last played for Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League.



Bracalello was a member of the youth academy at famed Italian club Sampdoria before making his professional debut in 2002 aged 17 playing with Savona in Serie C2. He went on to play extensively in the Italian lower leagues, including stints with teams such as Vado and Prato in Serie D and Lega Pro Seconda Divisione, before leaving Prato at the end of 2008.[2]

United States[edit]

Bracalello trained with Serie C1 side Pescara, and with Australian side Newcastle Jets in 2008,[3] and attended a combine with the Minnesota Thunder in 2009, before being signed by the NSC Minnesota Stars of the USSF Division 2 Professional League in the United States in early 2010.[4] During his first season with the Stars, Bracalello was used primarily as a substitute, often having an immediate impact on the match.

On June 9, 2010 during a home game against the Montreal Impact, he assisted on Melvin Tarley's game-winning goal in the 87th minute. Six days later, Bracalello scored his first goal for the Stars in a 4–2 win over the KC Athletics in the U.S. Open Cup.

On January 6, 2015 the Carolina Railhawks announced that they had signed Bracalello.[5]