As per a report by Manuel Veth of Transfermarkt, Toronto FC is interested in Marco Bustos. The attacking midfielder is undergoing a trial this week in Southern Ontario.
If Bustos sounds familiar, it's because he previously played for the Vancouver Whitecaps between 2014-18. He has also been capped six times at the senior level with the Canadian international team.
The Winnipeg native has proven to be a big hit in the Canadian Premier League, He has amassed 23 goals and 20 assists in 90 games, all from his attacking midfielder role.
Bustos has spent these past three seasons with Pacific FC. Interestingly, he is coming off what is considered an off season for him, with three goals and seven assists in 35 games.
Pacific FC attacking midfielder and Winnipeg native Marco Bustos is on trial this week in Southern Ontario with Toronto FC, hoping to get another chance in MLS.
In truth, it's nothing to be concerned about. The 26-year-old is a quality player, worthy of another shot in MLS.
Bustos considers this past season as a key part of his learning process, as he continually looks to improve his overall game. In an interview with Cleve Dheensaw of Times Colonist, he said:
"It was a difficult season for me and tough for me to find the net, but I worked on other parts of my game. It’s important to reflect and get better. I just want to get better every day. When a storm hits, it doesn’t last forever. It was a tough streak, but sometimes seasons just go that way. I’m always working hard and continuing to aspire and rise."
Bustos is one of the better-paid players in the Canadian Premier League. However, he would still prove to be a team-friendly addition for Toronto FC, assuming they do sign him.
Toronto FC has previously utilized Pacific FC to improve their roster, signing Lukas MacNaughton and Kadin Chung ahead of last season. MacNaughton has had the bigger impact to date, appearing in 25 MLS games and starting 20 of them.
Bustos is certainly appreciative of the opportunities the Canadian Premier League presents for players. As per Dheensaw, he said:
"If not for the CPL, they would not have got that opportunity. The CPL is all about creating chances and giving Canadian talent opportunities to express themselves and reach the next level. And with the World Cup coming here in 2026, and exposure that will come with that, the CPL could become a league that players want to stay in and not move."
Toronto FC's main priority remains improving their back line ahead of next season. However, Bustos is a low-risk/cost option who deserves the opportunity of a second chance in MLS.
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