Pronunciation: STE-fuh-no buh-NO-mo
Position: Forward (#29)
Weight: 170 lb
Born: Jan. 25, 1993
Birthplace: Hillsborough, California
Previous Club: Tampa Bay Rowdies
College: UC Berkeley
How Acquired: Signed on Jan. 4, 2019
Bonomo joined Republic FC ahead of the 2019 season after spending the bulk of his professional career with USL Championship side New York Red Bulls II.
Selected in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the NY Red Bulls, Bonomo signed with their USL affiliate and helped lead them to the Eastern Conference title, the USL Regular Season Championship and their first USL Cup all during the 2016 season. The Hillsborough, California, native followed his title-winning year by finishing as Red Bulls II’s top scorer with 13 goals the following season.
His performances earned him an MLS contract with the Red Bulls ahead of the 2018 season and he made his senior debut in a 3-0 win at home over Minnesota United in March. Bonomo was loaned to RBII during the 2018 season before being signed by the Tampa Bay Rowdies in July of that year. In all, Bonomo made 64 appearances for RBII, recording 24 goals and nine assists across his four seasons in New York. He wrapped up the 2018 season in Florida with three goals and an assist during nine appearances with the Rowdies.
Prior to signing with RBII, Bonomo attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned an All-PAC-12 First Team selection his senior year.
Stefano is a big addition to our front line. He can score goals in different ways, has shown his leadership qualities as Red Bulls II captain and won the USL Cup in 2016. We are pleased to welcome Stefano back to his native Northern California.
— Republic FC General Manager Todd Dunivant
Helped Red Bulls II capture the Eastern Conference title, the USL Shield and USL Cup in 2016.
Friendly rivalry—Bonomo, a Cal Berkeley graduate, will be playing alongside Drew Skundrich and Sam Werner, both three-time national championship winners with Stanford.
Dual citizen of both the U.S. and Italy.
Fluent in Italian.
Father and a grandfather were professional skiers; his father was a member of the Italian national ski team.
Underwent club trials in Poland, England and Italy prior to signing with Red Bulls II in 2015.