Local player and coaching talent Michael Bustamante was named the new head coach of Boston City FC on March 14, 2019. He was released on June 7, 2019.
Bustamante was shown a red card in 85th minute of the Lions’ home loss to the Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds on May 26 and received a six-match with an additional six-month suspension. With six matches remaining in the regular season, Bustamante, who had guided Boston City to a 1-5-2 record in his first campaign, was unable to coach the team from the sidelines.
Bustamante’s tenure as the second coach in club history began with a 3-3 draw away to Hartford City, before defeats to Hartford City, New York Cosmos, Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds and the Brooklyn Italians, a draw against New York Athletic Club and a win over Greater Lowell. Having played for the Lions in 2016, when he was an All-NPSL selection, Bustamante returned to the midfield three matches into the 2019 campaign and has a career total of 1,818 minutes played and 6 goals scored.
The Colombian-born midfielder, who was raised in Chelsea, played in every match of the inaugural 2016 campaign and was instrumental in helping Boston City reach the playoffs as the team’s second-leading scorer with six goals and joint assists leader with four.
He returned to the playing side on May 11, 2019, in a match away to the New York Cosmos, captaining the side and operating in midfield, totaling 412 minutes.
Bustamante was selected in the first round of the 2013 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by the New York Red Bulls, where he was a member of the squad that won the MLS Supporters Shield, alongside Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill. He enjoyed a standout college career at Boston University, winning America East Conference rookie of the year honors, having led Chelsea High School to four consecutive playoff berths.