Bay FC of the National Women’s Soccer League has acquired attacking midfielder Deyna Castellanos by way of switch from Manchester City, the enlargement staff introduced Friday.
The staff mentioned it signed the Venezuelan international to a contract by way of 2026 with an choice for one more 12 months. She’ll be a part of Bay FC pending receipt of her visa and International Transfer Certificate.
“It means a lot, I’m very excited to be a part of this team, and have it finally happen,” mentioned Castellanos.
Castellanos, who received the NCAA College Cup in 2018 at Florida State, performed with Atletico Madrid from 2020-22. She joined Manchester City forward of the 2022-23 season.
She had 4 objectives in 28 appearances throughout all competitions for Manchester City in her first season with the membership. This season she’s appeared in eight matches with a aim.
Castellanos is captain of the Venezuelan nationwide staff with 22 objectives in 38 profession matches.
“Deyna is a tremendous talent, who has already gained top-level experience playing abroad in some of the top leagues in the world as well as for her national team, and we believe she will make an immediate impact playing for this club in the NWSL,” Bay FC normal supervisor Lucy Rushton mentioned in a press release Friday.
While Castellanos has by no means been to the Bay Area, she says she’s excited to make it her new house.
“That’s literally what I heard, that it’s a world class area, such an amazing area and city and it has nice weather and is close to the beach which, for me, is very important. I can’t wait to be there,” she mentioned. “It’ll be challenging being on a new team but I think what this club is trying to achieve is something very massive and something that is going to change the football game in America.”
The NWSL opens the season on March 16. Bay FC and the Utah Royals are becoming a member of the league this 12 months, brining it to 14 groups.
AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer