January 22, 2013
BULKING UP THE MIDFIELD
Red Bulls grab BU's Bustamante in 2nd round
The Red Bulls continued to add depth to their midfield as they took Boston University midfielder Michael Bustamante as the 13th overall selection of the Major League Soccer supplemental draft on Tuesday afternoon.
New York grabbed Monmouth midfielder Ryan Clark as the top pick in the draft.
With their lone choice in last week's MLS SuperDraft, the Red Bulls selected Georgetown University midfielder Ian Christianson in the second round.
Bustamante is a right-footed player, while Christianson plays central mid and Clark patrols the left side. That means the Red Bulls covered just about every base, or in this case, position, in trying to bulk up their midfield.
The 23-year-old Bustamante was a regular during his four-year tenure with the Terriers, scoring nine goals and assisting on 27 others. He started 68 games and played in 70.
The 5-9, 160-lb. Bustamante earned America East first-team all-conference honors in all four seasons he played at BU -- 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. He missed the 2011 season due to a leg injury.
Bustamante, who hails from Chelsea, Mass., was AE midfielder and rookie of the year in 2008 and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northeast Region team four times.
He attended Chelsea H.S. and was a three-time league all-star and MVP in high school.