Taty Castellanos led MLS with 19 goals. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
Major League Soccer had some good news and some bad news for Taty Castellanos on Thursday.
The New York City FC striker discovered he was named to the MLS Best XI for the first time in the morning.
Several hours later, the 23-year-old forward discovered he was fined an undisclosed amount for failing to leave the field in a timely and orderly manner in extratime after he was red carded in City’s triumph over the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night.
Castellanos will miss Sunday’s conference final at the Philadelphia Union.
NYCFC will the Argentine’s ability to score goals as the won the Golden Boot with 19 goals during the regulation. He added a goal against the Revs on Tuesday, four minutes before he got his marching orders for his second yellow card that was issued by referee Drew Fischer.
Castellanos’ late-season surge of nine goals in 11 matches from July 25 through Sept. 22 earned him the league scoring championship and a spot among the Landon Donovan MLS MVP finalists.
MLS Best XI
Goalkeeper: Matt Turner (New England Revolution)
Defenders: Yeimar Gómez Andrade (Seattle Sounders FC), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Walker Zimmerman (Nashville SC)
Midfielders: Tajon Buchanan (New England Revolution), Carles Gil (New England Revolution), Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC), João Paulo (Seattle Sounders FC)
Forwards: Gustavo Bou (New England Revolution), Valentín Castellanos (New York City FC), Raúl Ruidíaz (Seattle Sounders FC)