After a stellar four-year career at William & Mary, Antonio Bustamante will get his pro shot.
The senior signed a Homegrown contract with D.C. United, it was announced on Monday.
Bustamante joins United after putting up impressive numbers in Williamsburg. He compiled 34 goals and added 17 assists in his four years of collegiate eligibility, appearing in 69 matches during that time.
During the 2017 season, Bustamante enjoyed the best year of his career, scoring 15 goals on the way to earning CAA Player of the Year honors and was named to the TDS Best XI Postseason team.
"Antonio is a promising young player and we are proud to add another Homegrown signing to our roster,” United General Manager and VP of Soccer Operations Dave Kasper said in a statement. “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.”
Bustamante joined the D.C. United Academy in 2012, making 50 appearances across his junior and senior years in high school. The creative midfielder scored 15 goals for the U16 and U18 teams in those two seasons.
“We are thrilled for Antonio as he makes the impressive jump from the academy up to the D.C. United first team,” United Academy Director Ryan Martin said in a release. “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.”
The native of Springfield, Va., Bustamante should see significant run for Loudoun United in 2019, D.C.'s soon-to-launch USL side.