Boston City FC hires Chelsea’s Bustamante to lead Lions in 2019

Fourth-division Boston City FC has named Chelsea resident and former Lion midfielder Michael Bustamante as its new first-team manager for the 2019 National Premier Soccer League season.

The New England Soccer Journal first reported the move Wednesday evening.

The 29-year-old Bustamante takes over for former Brazilian international Palhinha, who stepped down after three seasons in charge back in November. Bustamante was a member of BCFC’s inaugural season, where he scored six goals and assisted on four others, en route to an All-National Premier Soccer League all-star nod in 2016.

Following four years at Chelsea High, where he earned a Boston Globe All-Scholastic nod as a senior as well as three all-star and Commonwealth League MVP honors, Bustamante — who was born in Colombia — then played at Boston University. As a Terrier, he became the first BU men’s footballer to earn America East Conference All-Conference nods in all four seasons, after scoring nine goals and assisting on 27 others out of the No. 10 role.

The club also announced that Manny Brito will join Bustamante’s staff, which retained the services of Roberto Mazzinghy and Cesar Deossa.