Valentin Castellanos thanks his mother in the best way possible. (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)
New York City FC awarded Valentin (Taty) Castellanos the MLS Golden Boot Award.
The team flew his mother in from Argentina to surprise him with the trophy at it’s training grounds in Orangeburg, N.Y.
The first team and staff gathered in the locker room where Head Coach Ronny Deila delivered a speech followed by a video montage of Castellanos’ friends and family congratulating him for his accolade. As the striker thanked everyone, his mom walked in with the trophy to surprise him and everyone.
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“There were about eight games where I wasn’t scoring goals, but as soon as she came to visit and helped me out, the next day I scored a goal,” Castellanos said. “And from there I didn’t stop. So I always tell her that it was because of her.”
Castellanos won the Golden Boot after recording 19 goals and eight assists. He became the first NYCFC player to win the award and the first Argentine in MLS to accomplish that feat.
NYCFC hosts Atlanta United in an MLS Eastern Conference first-round match at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.