Well, sign me up as one that didn’t see this coming. I fully expected a few Home Grown signings this month but I did not see any of them coming from the New York Red Bulls.
The New York Red Bulls announced today that they signed Red Bulls Academy goalkeeper Santiago Castano and forward Armando Moreno. Castano and Moreno become the sixth and seventh academy products to sign with New York’s first team via the Major League Soccer Homegrown Player rule.
Both players are 17-years old – a big gamble in terms of how this club will get them time on the field. Each have been in the Red Bulls system for a few years now so there is something about that. It is nice to see players signed that have now been in the academy system for a few years – certainly something we’ll continue to see more of.
Castano seems like a decent move even for his age due to his position. If the club can groom him into a decent backup and then have him take over in the next three years or so this will be a nice investment that pays off.
Moreno was called into the U.S. Under-18 National Team recently. He recorded 33 goals and 22 assists and helped his side become the U.S. Soccer Development Academy champions in the 2011-2012 season.