It's a good news, bad news kind of thing for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and fans of Canadian soccer. Marco Bustos, a promising young attacking midfielder in the Whitecaps residency program, has decided to try his luck with Chile's U20 squad. The good; Bustos is being recognized, and could gain invaluable experience if he sticks. The bad; Come on, are you kidding me?
Bustos has decided Chile is for him, despite being born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and playing all of his youth soccer in this country. While it doesn't close the door on Bustos ever again donning a kit for the Canadian side, it certainly isn't a good omen, and that truly is frustrating.
A quick google translate: @MarcoBustos Vancouver Whitecaps (Volante, 1996) was summoned to the Chilean U-20. Congratulations!
Reaction from fans has been swift, and mostly brutal, and you can take a quick scroll down replies to that tweet if you want proof. While it might not be fair to vilify a kid like Bustos for wanting a chance to play with what he perceives to be his best option, but it certainly begs the question; how on Earth is Canada supposed to improve their International ranking when they can't retain their best prospects?
Bustos has every right to want to play for 'the best', but if players like him refuse to help the program grow, then isn't the entire thing destined to continually fail? We're talking about a kid that helped Canada to a third place finish at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship just last year; did the future of the team really look that bleak for him?
In any case, it's his right and what's done is done. Still, for any fan of Canadian soccer, this has to sting.