Santiago Castaño: “I thank God for this amazing opportunity that comes to my life in the perfect moment.” (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
The Cosmos announced Monday the signing of goalkeeper Santiago Castaño.
A native of Queens, N.Y., the 23-year-old Castaño played in the Red Bulls Academy and signed a professional contract with the Major League Soccer side.
“I couldn’t be happier to be a part of such an incredible organization and a club with such an important history in the U.S.,” Castaño said. “I thank God for this amazing opportunity that comes to my life in the perfect moment.
“To the fans of the New York Cosmos, you’ll receive nothing but commitment and love for the badge.”
In 2015, Castaño made 21 appearances for the Red Bull II, the team’s United Soccer League side, before heading to Colombia to continue his career. There, he signed with Socrates Valencia FC. Castaño most recently played with TSF Academy in the National Premier Soccer League.
“Santiago will be a great addition to the team for the 2019 season,” Cosmos senior vice president Joe Barone said. “He’s still a young player, but he brings the right experience with his time playing in the U.S. and abroad.”
Added head coach Carlos Mendes: “We are very pleased to have Santiago as a part of our group this season. He is a young talent who grew up playing locally and has tremendous ability. We are excited to see what he will bring to our team for the 2019 season.”
More information on the team, the NPSL season and NPSL Founders Cup will be announced in the near future.