Pacific FC has won the Marco Bustos sweepstakes.
The club announced the signing on Thursday, bringing Valour FC leading-scorer and Canadian men’s national team member Bustos to Van Isle for the 2020 season.
Born in Winnipeg, 23-year-old Bustos began his career on the West Coast with Vancouver Whitecaps, spending time with newly-appointed Pacific coach Pa-Modou Kah and several other PFC players with their Academy set up.
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“Marco Bustos is a talented player that excites the crowd and has the ability to change a game at any moment,” said Pa-Modou Kah, Head Coach, Pacific FC. “He’s a true professional and we are happy to add a player of his quality to the Pacific family.”
Bustos was set to choose between Pacific and Valour as early as Friday, according to this report from CanPL.ca’s Ryan Brandt. Bustos made 25 appearances in all competitions for his hometown Valour in 2019.
Bustos joins the Island contingent with more than 100 professional appearances featuring for the Whitecaps, Whitecaps 2, Mexican Side Zacatepec, USL side Oklahoma City Energy and, Valour.
“Marco was one of the top players in the league last year and therefore one of the most sought after profiles this off-season,” said Rob Friend, President, Pacific FC. “He’s young, ambitious, and extremely talented, so we are obviously delighted to have him join Pacific FC.”
Bustos will join Pa-Modou Kah’s squad for preseason, which starts on March 1.
The addition of Bustos brings Pacific FC’s roster to 13 leading up to the 2020 season, with the side retaining the likes of Nolan Wirth, Kadin Chung, Noah Verhoeven, and Terran Campbell.
Bustos joins former Ottawa Fury members Thomas Meilleur-Giguère and Jamar Dixon as the club’s newcomers.