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United Sign Antonio Bustamante to a Homegrown Contract

January 21, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - D.C. United News Release

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.

Personal

Bustamante lives in Springfield, Va., and is the son of Jose Bustamante and Ebony Johnson.

Collegiate Honors

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

Position: Forward/Midfield

Birthplace: Fairfax, Va.

Country: United States

Birthdate: 6/20/1997

Age: 21

Height: 5'7"

Weight: 138

Previous Club: The College of William & Mary

Status: Homegrown

Transaction: D.C. United have signed Antonio Bustamante as the 10th Homegrown player in club history.


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