February 22, 2013
Red Bulls ink Bustamante, Christianson
|Ian Christianson has impressed Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke in the pre-season.
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As reported by BigAppleSoccer.com earlier on Friday, the Red Bulls have made signed rookie midfielders Michael Bustamante and Ian Christianson to Major League Soccer contracts.
As per club and league policy, terms of their respective deals were not announced.
“Ian and Michael have both shown us in preseason that they have the potential to become future contributors to our club,” Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement. “Both of them have shown that they have the willingness to improve and we are pleased to track their progress this season.”
Selected by New York in the second round (22nd overall) in the MLS SuperDraft, Christianson played four years for Georgetown University and wrapped up his college career by making 26 starts, recording two goals and two assists, and captaining the Hoyas to the NCAA Division I final.
The Cedar Rapids, Iowa native was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America third team All-America selection, an NSCAA first team All-Northeast Region pick and was on the All-Big East first team. A two-time NSCAA second team All-Northeast region and All-Big East first Team member, Christianson was the Big East midfielder of the year in 2010 after registering five goals and seven assists in 20 games. During his Georgetown career, Christianson, who has one goal this preseason, amassed 78 appearances (77 of which were starts) and had 14 goals and 10 assists.
Bustamante, taken in the first round (13th overall) of the MLS supplemental draft from Boston University, was a four-time America East All-Conference first team and NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection.
Despite missing the 2011 season due to a leg injury, the 2008 America East midfielder and rookie of the year played in 69 games, collecting nine goals and 27 assists over his four-year college career. He has scored one goal in preseason for New York.
The Red Bulls play the New England Revolution in the third-place match of the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson, Ariz. at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will not be streamed but fans can find out about the highlights by following the Red Bulls on twitter at @NewYorkRedBulls.
New York kicks off its 18th season at the Portland Timbers on Sunday, March 3.