NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 17, 2020) – Nashville Soccer Club announced today the signing of 22-year-old defender Robert Castellanos via free agency. The center back joins a historic Nashville SC defense that posted a goals against average of 0.956 goals per game in 2020, the best of any expansion club in league history.
“Robert has the tools to be a contributor at this level and has gained some valuable experiences already at a very early stage of his playing career. He will be able to add to the depth of our back line,” said Nashville SC General Manager Mike Jacobs.
Castellanos has made 53 USL Championship appearances since his professional debut with LA Galaxy II in 2017, when he led the team to a second-place group finish and a playoff appearance. Most recently, the defender spent the last three seasons with Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, the Dynamo’s USL Championship affiliate, where he earned 37 appearances.
A Palmdale, California native, Castellanos spent time in the U.S. Youth National Team system, where he made two appearances in 2016. Also, at the youth level, he was a member of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy side Nomads SC and then Liga MX side Atlas FC, where he signed in August 2016.
Transaction: Nashville SC signs Robert Castellanos
Birthdate: May. 11, 1998
Birthplace: Palmdale, California
Hometown: Palmdale, California
Nationality: United States
Last club: Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
How Acquired: Signed via free agency