Valentin Castellanos: “My goals are to click with this team, to try to win minutes, to learn as much as I can from the coach and to be able to play as soon as possible.” (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)
NEW YORK — New York City FC continued to bulk up for the stretch run to the Major League Soccer playoffs by acquiring Valentin Castellanos on loan from Club Atletico Torque, the team announced Friday.
Castellanos will play with City until the end of the 2018 season with an option to purchase. He will join the club subject to receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
An Argentine native, the 19-year-old Castellanos joins the team from another member of the City Football Group Club.
“Valentin is a fast, young player who can play as a No.7, as a No.11, or even as a No.9 as he did in his last three games with Torque,” NYCFC head coach Domenec Torrent said.
“He has a lot of quality 1 v 1 and he has a lot of energy. He will improve our attacking, especially when the team wants to play a bit deeper and we want to get in behind.”
Castellanos spent the last 12 months on loan at Torque from Universidad de Chile, representing the Uruguayan team on 19 occasions, scoring three goals that helped the team achieve promotion to the First Division.
“I’m so excited to be here,” he said. “I feel so happy and thankful to this institution and to all of the people for bringing me here.
“My goals are to click with this team, to try to win minutes, to learn as much as I can from the coach and to be able to play as soon as possible.
“I want to win trophies with NYCFC and, with the type of players I’ve seen and studied, we can try to do that. My focus now is to train with the team and get to know my teammates.
“I’m looking forward to giving my very best.”
Winning the Primera Division award for Young Player of the Month for June, Castellanos enjoyed a promising first pro season.
“We’re very excited about Valentin,” NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “He can play as a forward or as a winger, he can hold up the ball to bring others into play and he can score goals.
“We think he’ll make an impact right away because he’s very hungry and motivated for this opportunity to join NYCFC.”