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Former City Colleges of Chicago Student-Athlete Signs Professionally

5/19/2016 2:00 PM

After concluding a standout collegiate soccer career in November, Renato Bustamante, a Harry S Truman College graduate, is now competing at the professional level as he signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.   

Bustamante will spend the 2016 season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2, an affiliate of the Rowdies. He made his professional debut in a 2-1 season-opening loss to Miami United SC on May 8.      

In his lone season at Truman in 2010, Bustamante led the Falcons with 14 goals, eight assists and 36 points.  

He had his best game of the year against Carl Sandburg College, finishing with six goals and one assist.   Bustamante received an Associate in Arts degree from Truman in May 2011 and transferred to Fresno Pacific University (FPU), where he established himself as one of the best NCAA Division II players in the country, in August 2013.    

A three-time All-PacWest Conference selection, Bustamante tallied 26 goals and 23 assists for 75 points in his three-year stint at FPU.  He ranks 10th on the school’s all-time list in assists and 12th in points.        

In his final campaign with the Sunbirds in 2015, Bustamante was voted to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-America first team and the Conference Commissioners Association’s All-America second team.  

In addition, he was chosen as the PacWest Player of the Year and named to the All-West Region team for the second time.    

Bustamante led the PacWest with 31 points and 13 assists while placing fourth with nine goals in the fall en route to becoming the first Sunbird to claim the league’s player of the year award.  

Bustamante’s contributions in 2015 were instrumental in helping FPU make its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament, earn the No. 10 ranking in the NCAA’s final regular-season poll, capture the PacWest title with an 11-1-1 record and finish 14-3-2 overall.   

A Lincoln Park High School graduate, Bustamante, who earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Fresno Pacific in December, knows that Truman was instrumental in his successes.   

“Earning an associate degree and getting the opportunity to play against some of the best competition in the country while at Truman were fundamental to me being recruited by Fresno Pacific,” Bustamante said.   

The Rowdies 2, a member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and one of eight teams in the Sunshine Conference, will play a 10-game season that concludes July 6.  In all, the NPSL has 100 teams spread across 13 conferences throughout the United States.  

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