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SoccerViza To Being Scouted By Benfica: Miguel Bustos

January 17, 2019

The underground soccer market in the USA is filled with players who have the ability to play at a higher level,  if only they were given the right opportunity to be seen and to showcase their talents. SoccerViza has been creating those opportunities for 5+ years with 200+ players being scouted and placed (success stories) in professional clubs at all levels around the world.

 

But no success story to date has been as big as the young footballer prospect, Miguel Bustos, from Queens, NY who has gone from SoccerViza combine to a professional trial with Portuguese giants SL Benfica's U18's!

 

Playing in the local city youth leagues before being picked up by New York Red Bulls U17 team, Miguel would spend a year with NYRB youth academy before a disagreement with a teammate made him leave the team at the U18 level.

 

"I had a personal problem with one the players on my team who was a former friend and I was just no enjoying the environment and my football. I wanted to get out of there and find my love for the game again."

 

- Miguel Bustos

 

Miguel's dream has always been to play in Europe and get to the highest level possible. His friends recommended the SoccerViza November combine but he was skeptical...

 

"My friend Frank told me about the event, but you hear all these horror stories about these type of tryouts and combines. Scouts not even there or it is just about the money.  But when I got there and started playing I was like oh sh*t this is NO JOKE. The scouts are right there and players are being cut and they are giving it to us real." 

 

- Miguel Bustos

 

 

It was clear to see Miguel had something different, his movements, his tempo and his abilities stood out over most of the players in attendance. 

 

"He was one of the most wanted players at the event, I think every coach/scout in attendance was asking about him and wanted him in on trial immediately. The Portuguese scouts said to get him on a plane ASAP and we will see what he can do at a higher level."

 

- Joe Funicello, SoccerViza Director

 

A month after the combine Miguel Bustos was on a plane from New York with two other combine attendees heading to Portugal for a trial with Portuguese premier league club Vitória F.C.

 

"We had two trials lined up for him. One with a premier league team (Vitória F.C.) and one with a third division team S.C.U. Torreense but after two training someone called us and said that Benfica wanted to see him. Two nights later we dropped him off at

Benfica's training campus that houses all their youth players and he has been training with their U18's since."

 

- Joe Funicello, SoccerViza Director

 

There is no time limit on how long Miguel's trial with Benfica will be, but if he can perform well and impress the coaching staff his dream of playing a the highest level can come true.

 

"The club just loaned out American youngster Keaton Parks to NYCFC and his time at Benfica has helped his getting onto the national team and I think Miguel can impress his road map could be similar. I am of course rooting for him and beyond thrilled that we could provide him with an opportunity like this."

 

- Joe Funicello, SoccerViza Director

 

Miguels understands that opportunities like this are rare and he is determined to make the most of every second of being at the Benfica Academy.

 

"I am just gonna focus every day and leave it all on the field. This is the rarest of rare opportunities and I want to leave knowing I gave everything I could to make my dream come true. The facility, the level, the opportunity, and experience has been amazing so far and I am looking forward to the coming days."

 

- Miguel Bustos


 

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