Valentn Mariano José “Taty” Castellanos Giménez (born 3 October 1998) is an Argentine professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Girona on loan from New York City FC of Major League Soccer.
|Full name||Valentín Mariano José “Taty” Castellanos Giménez|
|Birthdate||October 3, 1998|
|Age||24 years old|
|place of birth||Mendoza Argentina|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Actual team||Girona (on loan from New York City FC)|
Castellanos began his club career in the youth ranks at Universidad de Chile. He debuted with the senior team against Corinthians in the 2017 Copa Sudamericana, playing 14 minutes. In July 2017 he was loaned to Torque for one year. He scored two goals in 11 appearances while on loan, helping the club win the Second Division and promote to Uruguay’s top flight. His transfer from Universidad de Chile to Torque became final on July 1, 2018.
New York FC
On July 27, 2018, he signed a loan deal with Major League Soccer club New York City FC until the end of the 2018 season. He started and scored his first goal for New York City FC against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. . On November 29, 2018, NYCFC exercised its option to purchase Castellanos ahead of the 2019 season.
In 30 games this season, Castellanos contributed 11 goals and seven assists to the New York City offense. This form allowed NYCFC to finish first in the Eastern Conference and qualify for their first CONCACAF Champions League.
Castellanos’ production fell in 2020, with six goals and three assists in 22 games during a season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Castellanos struggled with finishing chances, as he had an xG/90 of 0.65 but finished the season with a G/90 of only 0.40. The New York City Football Club would finish fifth in the Eastern Conference standings. Castellanos had his initial penalty saved in a shootout against Orlando City during the first round of the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs, but VAR overturned the decision because goalkeeper Pedro Gallese left the goal line too soon. He scored his second penalty, but NYCFC lost the shootout 6-5, eliminating them from the playoffs.
During the 2021 season, Castellanos was able to finish much more consistently, becoming just the fifth player in MLS history to score in each of his club’s first four games. Shortly after, on May 13, 2021, Castellanos signed a new contract with NYCFC through 2025. During the 2021 season, Castellanos was a key component of New York City’s offense.
Girona (On loan)
Castellanos signed a season-long loan with Girona, who had just been promoted to La Liga. On 25 April 2023 he scored four goals for Girona in a 4–2 victory over Real Madrid, becoming the first player to do so in a league match against Real Madrid since December 1947, when Esteban Echevarra scored five goals. with Oviedo in a 7-1 victory.
Coach Fernando Batista called up Castellanos for the first time to the Argentina under-23 soccer team in October 2019 for two friendly matches against Mexico. However, he debuted during Argentina’s victory in the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament.
- Uruguayan Second Division
New York City FC
- CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament: 2020
- NYCFC Player of the Month: August 2021, September 2021
- MLS Player of the Month: October/November 2020, August 2021
- MLS Golden Boot: 2021
- MLS Best XI: 2021