Boston University midfielder Michael Bustamante, a late addition to last week’s MLS Combine, was among seven local prospects selected in Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft.
Bustamante was picked by 13th overall by the New York Red Bulls. Connecticut defender Jossimar Sanchez (New England – fourth overall), Harvard forward Brian Rogers (Vancouver – 29th overall), Providence midfielder/forward Marc Cintron (New York – 34th overall), Connecticut midfielder Stephane Diop (New York – 51st overall), Sacred Heart defender Marcello Castro (Colorado – 63rd overall) and Connecticut defender Max Wasserman (Real Salt Lake – 69th overall) also had their names called on Tuesday.
Despite a late invitation to the Combine, Bustamante dazzled as an outside back during the trio of scrimmages. A number of draft experts tabbed the Terrier as a likely SuperDraft selection. Last year, he became the first Terrier to earn America East All-Conference First Team honors four times. In 69 career games, he scored nine goals and recorded 27 assists.
Sanchez played in 74 games for the Huskies. He scored two goals and added an assist and wore the captain’s armband in his junior and seniors seasons – both of which saw UConn advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Rogers was limited by injuries during his final two seasons at Harvard, but scored a total of 11 goals in his first two seasons. He earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year Honors in 2009.
Cintron scored a goal and added an assist in 12 games for the Friars in 2012. He was named to the MAC Herman Trophy Watch List prior to the season.
Diop tallied two goals and racked up three assists in 18 games for the Huskies. He finished his career with 16 goals and 16 assists for 48 points in 82 games.
Castro led the Pioneers with nine goals in 2012, despite playing the bulk of his senior season as a central defender. His 23 career goals is the fifth-most in school history.
Wasserman appeared in 71 games, scoring six goals and adding 12 assists in his four seasons with the Huskies. In 2012, he scored two goals and added six assists, including a game-winning free kick in overtime against Washington on Sept. 7.