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Kootenay Youth Soccer campers meet Whitecaps Marco Bustos

Whitecaps midfielder Marco Bustos was a hit with players at the recent Whitecaps Kootenay Youth Soccer Camp. — Submitted photo

Players at the Whitecaps Kootenay Youth Soccer Camp got to meet a rising star on the Major League Soccer Team when Marco Bustos paid a visit to the Nelson.

The 20-year-old central attacking midfielder who was named 'Caps 2013 Whitecaps FC Most Promising Player, joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011 after last playing for FC Northwest in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"Kids were extremely excited," said Brett Adams, Kootenay Regional Head coach with the Whitecaps.

"It's not every day that they get to meet a player that has played for their country."

More than 100 players attended the Whitecaps camp held at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch.

"The main focus is to give all the player a fun experience of soccer," Adams said when asked about the focus of the camp.

"We look to teach them skills in the morning and then in the afternoon we play a World Cup were players are put into teams.

"This seems to be a huge hit with the players."

Tim Parker, who now starts with the MLS club on defence, attended the camp in 2015.

The Whitecaps move onto Cranbrook Monday for a camp before returning to the West Kootenay for a stop July 25-29 at Twin Rivers Fields in Castlegar.

On July 19-22, the Whitecaps host a Prospects Camp in Nelson.

For more information go to the Whitecaps Youth Camps link.