Pacific FC Re-Signs Star Midfielder Marco Bustos
The star man for Pacific FC is set to return for the 2021 Canadian Premier League season: today, the west coast side has confirmed the return of attacking midfielder Marco Bustos.
The 24-year-old put in a spectacular CPL campaign that saw him nominated for the CPL MVP award after he produced an astounding five goals and three assists at The Island Games, where his match against the Halifax Wanderers was one of the best individual performances ever seen in the league.
Following his standout campaign, there was plenty of speculation that the former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder may be making an MLS return. His decision to remain with Pacific FC is a significant boost to a CPL club which proved ruthless in attacking transitions this year.
Bustos is a player who has tremendous ability and is working hard every day to become a better player. He has shown qualities of an MVP player in this league and hopefully he will take the progress from this year into next season.Pa-Modou Kah
Bustos spent the inaugural Canadian Premier League season in his hometown with Valour FC, where he contributed eight goals (including one of the league’s fastest) and three assists across 27 appearances. He wanted to reach double digits for both goals and assists this year, but a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed such heights.
Still, that’s not bad for a player who was ultimately a last-gasp addition for the inaugural CPL campaign.
PFC head coach Pa-Modou Kah made it no secret that he believes the five-foot-six midfielder would return to the club if he didn’t go to a higher level, stating that Bustos knew what he had with the west coast side, where he’s established himself as a key player.
Kah had told us that continuity was key for Pacific FC to build upon its highly successful Island Games campaign, and he has been absolutely true to his word: only one roster unknown remains following the departure of Zach Verhoven, and that’s 21-year-old midfielder Noah Verhoeven.
The club has also brought in former York9 FC captain Manny Aparicio, bolstering a cutthroat midfield which saw the likes of Jamar Dixon and Marco Bustos combine with forward Alejandro Diaz to devastating effect this year.
With the club having reached the postseason for the first time this year, the west coast side will now be seen as a serious challenger for the 2021 Canadian Premier League season – and Bustos is a big part of those hopes.
Pacific FC did not disclose financial details of Marco’s contract with the club, but he is believed to be one of the league’s most well-paid athletes.