Bustos Begins Trial Stint With Toronto FC
Marco Bustos has landed in Toronto in a move that could see the Pacific FC talisman return to Major League Soccer heights.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder was confirmed to have locked in a trial opportunity with Toronto FC just yesterday afternoon, with Mitchell Tierney now confirming that he will take place in four training sessions throughout the club’s final week of training.
Bustos had plied his trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2015-2018, and has proven himself as one of the Canadian Premier League’s best and brightest following his arrival to the domestic league four seasons ago.
Through his time with Valour FC and Pacific, he’s contributed 23 goals and 20 assists in just 90 appearances, helping Pacific to a North Star Shield win last season.
It’s clear that Toronto FC head coach Bob Bradley sees value in CPL athletes, with the club boss having brought in both Lukas MacNaughton and Kadin Chung this year. Given the comparably low wage expectations versus the product they put forth on the pitch, CPL-to-MLS moves have a high ceiling for a low risk investment.
Bustos was reported to have interest from Chile last year, but it’s no secret that the fast-footed attacker has always been hungry to return to Major League Soccer heights. While last season saw an injury re-aggravation shorten his opportunity to showcase himself in a Canadian Championship tie against Toronto FC, this week ought to be his biggest opportunity yet.
With former Pacific FC head coach Pa-Modou Kah having been adamant that Bustos can make an impact at the MLS level, it’ll be interesting to see if the training invitation results in anything concrete.
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