United have signed former William & Mary standout and D.C. United Academy product, Antonio Bustamante, as the 10th Homegrown Signing in club history. The 21-year-old midfielder joins Chris Durkin, Bill Hamid and Jalen Robinson on the list of Homegrown players on the current Black-and-Red roster.
"Antonio is a promising young player and we are proud to add another Homegrown signing to our roster,” Dave Kasper, United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations, said. “He had an excellent four years at the college level, and Antonio is now ready for the next step in his career. We look forward to integrating him into our group this preseason.”
Born in Fairfax, Va., Bustamante joined the D.C. United academy in 2012 and spent three years representing the Black-and-Red at the youth level before departing for William & Mary in 2015. Bustamante spent time training with the D.C. United first team throughout his collegiate career.
“We are thrilled for Antonio as he makes the impressive jump from the academy up to the D.C. United first team,” Ryan Martin, United Academy Director, said. “He was a national standout during his four years at William & Mary and used his time at the collegiate level to continue maturing and developing as a player. He has all the tools to succeed at the next level and we’re looking forward to producing more players of his quality in our academy.”
Bustamante played four seasons at The College of William & Mary, scoring 34 goals and recording 17 assists in 68 appearances for The Tribe. His junior year in 2017 was his most prolific season, scoring 15 goals in 21 appearances. His 15 goals ranked him as the fourth top scorer in the country at the collegiate level on the way to earning him the CAA Player of the Year title.
Bustamante lives in Springfield, Va., and is the son of Jose Bustamante and Ebony Johnson.
- 2015 CAA All-Rookie Team
- 2016 & 2017 Two-time CAA First-Team All-CAA
- 2016 & 2017 Two-time First-Team All-Midwest Region
- 2017 CAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
- 2017 CAA Player of the Year
- 2017 VaSID State Player of the Year
- 2017 Top Drawer Soccer Best XI First Team
Player: Antonio Bustamante
Birthplace: Fairfax, Va.
Country: United States
College: The College of William & Mary
Transaction: D.C. United have signed Antonio Bustamante as the 10th Homegrown player in club history.