Valentin Castellanos celebrates one of his recent goals. (Mike Dinovo | Imagn)
New York City FC forward Valentín Castellanos was voted the MLS player of the month by members of the media for October-November, it was announced Wednesday.
Castellanos scored six goals and added three assists in eight matches across October and November, helping NYCFC to a 6-2-1 record over that span including four straight victories to end the season. The 22-year-old registered both a goal and an assist in three separate matches over that same span. NYCFC finished the season in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 39 points and 1.7 points per game (12-8-3 record), clinching a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
NYCFC opened the month with a 3-2 victory over Inter Miami CF Oct. 3 followed by a 4-1 win over D.C. United Oct. 7, with Castellanos registering a goal (watch goal) and assist (watch assist) in the latter match. Castellanos scored another goal (watch goal) in a 3-1 loss to Columbus Crew SC Oct. 18.
Castellanos led NYCFC to a 5-2 victory over the Red Bulls in the Hudson River Derby Nov. 1, the club’s biggest victory in the history of the rivalry. The Under-23 Argentina national team member recorded a hat-trick and added an assist (watch assist) in the win, including goals in the 12th (watch goal), 76th ( watch goal) and 84th minutes (watch goal).
NYCFC will face Orlando City SC at Exploria Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Round One of the playoffs (noon ET, UniMás / TUDN / TSN / TVA Sports).
The MLS player of the month is voted upon by a panel of select national media members in a process conducted by MLS Communications.