Di Marzio: Ongaro Headed For Italy
One of the Canadian Premier League’s all-time top goalscorers looks set for a return to Europe, as per Sky Sport report Gianluca Di Marzio.
Ongaro, 25, emerged as one of the top strikers in the early days of the Canadian Premier League, with the six-foot-six striker tallying 25 goals for FC Edmonton before stints with Romanian top flight side UTA Arad and Whitecaps 2 preceded his CPL return with Pacific FC this year.
The centre-forward found minutes hard to come by following his arrival to Starlight Stadium, where it seemed to be the case of a talented footballer who just didn’t fit into the system with Pacific.
Still, Ongaro tallied 32 appearances in all, finishing with six goals and two assists through all competitions. His most consistent batch of minutes came in the playoffs, when injuries saw the club deploy a 4-4-2 format and reach the semi-final stage.
While we weren’t able to independently confirm the move, the fact that Gianluca Di Marzio retweeted it should give it some credence – as does the fact that Ongaro holds an Italian passport.
However, the original source both said he had never played in Europe before (despite him playing in both Romania and Denmark) and that he had spent 2022 suiting up for the Whitecaps in MLS, which is likely a misunderstanding of his MLS NEXT Pro campaign.
It’s also worth noting that Pacific had signed him on a multi-year deal, though the club has used that language to describe club option years in seasons past. If his option was declined, he could indeed have been free to sign with an Italian side.
The big striker’s Serie C destination is in dire need of a goalscoring boost: Novara FC rests third from the bottom after 19 matches played, having scored just 21 goals in that time. With the squad now back in training, it’ll be interesting to see if the six-foot-six frame of Ongaro shows up in Piedmont soon enough.
The Edmonton-born striker has long told us that he enjoyed the challenge of experiencing something new, and his career has reflected that: he’s been to Europe through both a loan move to Vendsyssel and a stint with UTA Arad, while enjoying the developmental pipelines of both Canada’s top flight and MLS NEXT Pro.
Pacific FC is the only club not to have released a significant roster update following the season thus far: aside of releasing four players, not much is known about the current roster heading in to 2024.
For now, it seems like fans will have to wait to see if Easton Ongaro is truly set for a third spell in Europe.
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