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Mike Catalano

Mike Catalano
Midfielder
#41
HT: 6'0" WT: 194
Age: 23 (9/11/95)
Hometown: Roselle, IL

@mikecatalano1

Professional Experience:

2018: 10 GP, 2 GS, 0 G, 2 A in 256 min. 
Signed his first professional contract with Bethlehem Steel FC on
March 1, 2018, after being drafted by the Philadelphia Union. Catalano made his professional debut against Richmond (3/18), collecting his first USL assist on the club's final goal in the 89th minute of play. Catalano came on as a second-half substitute in the club's road debut at Tampa Bay (3/24), attempting the first shot of his career. The following week, he made notched his first professional start against Nashville (3/31). Catalano was part of the matchday 18 against Charleston (4/8) but did not appear. Came on as a first-half substitution against Cincinnati (4/15), playing the final 67 minutes. Returned to the starting XI at Louisville (4/28), providing an assist on Marcus Epps' goal in the first half. Made an appearance late against New York (5/16), Indy Eleven (5/19), North Carolina (6/2) and Charlotte (6/30).

Collegiate Experience:

2014-17: Catalano prepped at the University of Wisconsin, where he helped raise the team from the bottom of the conference in his freshman season to Big Ten Tournament Champions in 2017. Appeared in 67 matches with the Badgers, scoring 19 goals and added five assists in 6,091 minutes. Catalano guided the club to the Sweet 16, scoring two goals in his final collegiate match. In his final year, he led the team and conference with 10 tallies. Earned All-Big Ten Second team honors his junior year, scoring four goals and tallying two assists. Was part of the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2014 after starting 17 matches.

PDL Experience:

2015-17: Spent two seasons playing in the Premier Development League, Reading United and Chicago FC United. Appeared in two matches with Reading United for 42 minutes on the pitch in 2015. Two years later, appeared with Chicago FC United, appearing in 11 games. In 887 minutes with Chicago, Catalano scored a pair of goals while attempting only four shots.

Off the field interests:

Hobbies outside of soccer: Basketball, reading, working out and music
Profession if not playing soccer: Financial consultant, entrepreneur, business owner
Most memorable soccer memory: Helping win the Big Ten Tournament Championship with Wisconsin in 2017.
Favorite soccer player: Paul Pogba
Growing up, I pretended to be: Francisco Totti

Three unique facts/stories
1) 
Loves to read, favorites include Relentless, Unshakeable, How Champions Think.
2) Is known for his tacos.
3) Very competitive in all aspects of life.

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