A central attacking midfielder that has represented his home province of Manitoba, Marco Bustos joined Whitecaps FC Residency in Sept. 2011 after last playing for FC Northwest in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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2010-11: In Nov. 2010, Bustos had a 10-day trial with at the famed academy of English Premier League giants Liverpool FC.
Bustos has enjoyed a distinguished youth career in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The midfielder started playing organized soccer at the U-4/U-5 level at the Garden City Community Centre (2000 to 2001) before playing U-6 to U-10 soccer with the Maples Community Centre (2002 to 2005). Bustos played U-12 soccer for Northern Lights Soccer Club in 2006 before joining Winnipeg's FC Northwest, where he played from U-13 to U-16 levels (2007 to 2011). As a member of the FC Northwest Lions U-16 side, Bustos helped his team to a Manitoba provincial title and a silver medal at the 2010 Canadian U-16 Club Championship in Vaughan, Ontario. From 2009 to 2011, Bustos represented Manitoba in two Canadian U-14 All-Star Championship tournaments and a Canadian U-16 All-Star Championship. In 2009, the midfielder became the second-youngest player to join the Canadian Soccer Association's National Training Centre (Prairies region) program.
Bustos was a regular call-up to Canada's U-17 men's team in 2012.
Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the midfielder's parents are Rosa and Alex Bustos. He has a sister named Melissa and a brother named Michael. As a student in Winnipeg, Bustos attended Constable Edward Finney School (2001 to 2006) and Ecole Leila North Community School (2007 to 2009) before spending a short time at Garden City Collegiate in 2010. The midfielder has dual Canadian and Italian citizenship.
When not concentrating on soccer, Bustos enjoys going to the movies with his friends and spending time with his family. His favourite club soccer team is Spanish and European giants FC Barcelona, while his favourite player is Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi. The midfielder would like to play at Barcelona's Camp Nou one day. Bustos' favourite food is pasta.