Nashville SC

Robert Castellanos named to MLS Team of the Week

So high-profile that my only training photo of him has him helping the trainers carry equipment to the field. Tim Sullivan/Club and Country

Nashville’s strong season of representation among the league’s best players continues, and from an unlikely source. In his first MLS appearance (and start), rookie Robert Castellanos performed well enough to make the Major League Soccer Team of the Week.

Castellanos played in the middle of a five-man backline that allowed just six shots – and only two on goal – to a Toronto FC team in the midst of a renaissance under interim manager Javier Pérez. TFC’s lone tally came from a set-piece situation.

More importantly, Castellanos scored on a set piece of his own, nodding a Dave Romney header past the near post to salvage the draw for Nashville. He also completed 92.5% of his passes, blocked a TFC shot, made six loose-ball recoveries, and cleared the ball 15 times.

He is the ninth selection for Nashville this season, with Joe Willis getting the nod after Week Three, Alex Muyl and Walker Zimmerman both members of the TOTW after Week Four, Hany Mukhtar after a brace in Week Seven and an MLS-record hat trick in Week 13, Luke Haakenson for his two-goal heroics in Week Nine, Randall Leal in Week Ten, and CJ Sapong for a two-goal, one-assist performance last week against FC Cincinnati.

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