Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
Previous Club: FC Dallas
College: Southern Methodist University
Mauro Cichero enters his third season with the Black and Yellow in 2022.
The Venezuelan has made 14 appearances for Charleston in the previous two seasons and was poised for an enhanced role in 2021 before his campaign was cut short due to injury. Cichero is happy to be back with the Battery and is looking to rebound in 2022.
Cichero appeared in all three matches during the 2022 Breeze Airways™ Carolina Challenge Cup, showcasing the danger he can pose to the opposition on set pieces and in open play. Mauro scored in the friendly against Coastal Carolina University on February 25, perfectly hitting a first-time volley from an Augustine Williams cross.
Mauro enjoyed a productive first year with the Battery in 2020, while also displaying a flair for the dramatic when scoring. His first goal was an equalizer at the death to salvage a point on the road against Atlanta United 2 and his second came at home against Atlanta in an exciting 3-2 comeback victory.
Cichero’s pro career started after he was among the top prospects following a successful career with the SMU Mustangs. He tallied 10 goals and nine assists his sophomore year, and received a nomination for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Mauro wrapped up his career at SMU with 24 goals and 21 assists across 68 appearances (66 starts). Cichero was subsequently drafted by FC Dallas in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
Mauro comes from a footballing family. His father, Luigi Mauro Cichero, was also a professional soccer player and represented Venezuela in the 1980 Summer Olympics. He has two brothers, Alejandro and Gabriel, who played professionally and previously represented Venezuela on the country’s national team.