Santa Clarita Signs Venezuelan international Deyna Castellanos
Venezuelan international adds scoring punch & flair to Blue Heat attack
The 2016 United Women’s Soccer (UWS) champion Santa Clarita Blue Heat are pleased to announce the addition of Venezuelan international forward Deyna Castellanos for the 2017 United Women’s Soccer (UWS) season.
The current Florida State University freshman is coming off her first year of collegiate soccer for the Seminoles, starting 13 out 13 games and was the team’s joint-top goal scorer with seven goals in 2016.
“She is the one of the best youth players in the world,” said Blue Heat Owner and Technical Director Carlos Marroquin. “She will be one of the best players in the world and to have her play with the Blue Heat in UWS is amazing.”
“I am very excited to be joining the Blue Heat this Summer,” said Castellanos. “I hear the quality of the league continues to grow and it will be a welcoming challenge for the team to defend the title from last year.”
Castellanos had a strong start to her FSU career, but her youth international record is more impressive. At the age of 14, Deyna was selected to represent Venezuela for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. She scored seven goals and three assists to earn a share of the Adidas Golden Boot (top scorer) alongside compatriot Gabriela Garcia as Venezuela finished in fourth place.
Two years on at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, Castellanos would leave her mark again. Deyna scored one of the goals of the tournament in a group stage match vs. Cameroon, notching the 94th minute game-winner from inside the center circle. Venezuela finished in fourth while Castellanos scored five goals, enough to secure the Adidas Bronze Boot (third top scorer). She also took home the Adidas Bronze Ball (third best player of the tournament).
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