Michael Bustamante (Chelsea, Mass.) was considered among the brightest young prospects in Major League Soccer when he joined the New York Red Bulls in 2013.
Now, Bustamante has become one of the NPSL’s youngest coaches after being named to guide Boston City FC on Wednesday. Bustamante, 29, replaces former Brazilian national team star Palhinha, who resigned last year after coaching BCFC during its first three seasons.
“I’m definitely excited for the new opportunity,” Bustamante said. “My [playing] career is past me and I’m 100 percent focused on coaching.”
Bustamante performed alongside Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips at RBNY, but sustained an anterior collateral ligament injury in 2014. Bustamante returned to play for the Charlotte Independence in 2015 and Boston City in 2016, the team’s first season.