Jan. 22, 2013
2013 MLS Supplemental Draft
BOSTON - Boston University men's soccer standout Michael Bustamante ('12) was chosen in the first round with the 13th pick in the 2013 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday afternoon. A four-time All-Region and America East All-Conference honoree, Bustamante becomes the sixth Terrier under head coach Neil Roberts to join a MLS club.
Finishing his collegiate career ranked ninth all-time at BU in assists with 27, Bustamante was the 51st player overall to be drafted with the first 38 selections being announced last Thursday as part of the MLS SuperDraft. He was just five spots behind former teammate Samuel Appiah ('10), who was chosen by the Houston Dynamo in 2010.
Sitting out the 2011 season due to injury, Bustamante returned for a standout season in which he finished tied-for-second on the team with 10 points off three goals and four assists. Highlights included a helper on the golden goal at Stony Brook and a strong defensive effort in the 1-0 win at then-No. 10 Boston College.
Previously named America East Midfielder and Rookie of the Year, he most recently became the fourth in program history to earn a fourth All-Northeast Region award from the NSCAA.
Besides Appiah, Bustamante joins Zach Kirby (2007 - 6th round, #74, LA Galaxy) and Andy Dorman (2004 - 6th round, #58, New England Revolution) as Terriers drafted in the past 10 years. Mike Emenalo ('90) played for the San Jose Clash and current BU assistant coach Francis Okaroh ('87) was a member of the Chicago Fire, Miami Fusion and the Revolution.
Dorman recently resigned with the Revolution after spending the last several years playing in the United Kingdom.