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December 11, 2012
Red Bulls ink Academy players Castano, Moreno

Santiago Castano and Armando Moreno have signed with the Red Bulls as Home Grown players.
Santiago Castano and Armando Moreno have signed with the Red Bulls as Home Grown players.
Photo courtesy of the Red Bulls
The Red Bulls' new sporting director Andy Roxburgh said the new regime would put a greater emphasis on signing American players.

On Tuesday, Roxburgh and the Major League Soccer team put their money where their money is.

The Red Bulls announced that they signed Red Bulls Academy goalkeeper Santiago Castano and forward Armando Moreno.

They became the sixth and seventh academy products to sign with te team via the league's Homegrown Player rule. Castano an Moreno, who are both 17, will be added to the roster pending passing a team physical.

“Both of these players have trained with the first team during the past year and they impressed our technical staff,” Roxburgh said in a statement. “It is a priority for our club to bring young players from our academy to the first team and we want to congratulate Santiago and Armando for taking this step.”

Castano, who calls Union City, N.J. home, has played with the Red Bulls Academy since September 2008. He has performed for the Red Bulls Under-14, 15, 16 and 18 teams and has trained with the first team. On the youth international level, the 6-2, 184-lb. Castano spent time in Bradenton, Fla. as part of the U.S. U-17 National Team residency program in 2010 and was called into the U-14, U-15 and -18 U.S. teams.

Moreno, who hails from Morganville, N.J. joined the academy in November. 2009 and has played for the Red Bulls U-15, 16 and 18 sides. With the U-16 side from 2010-2012, the 5-7, 145-lb. Moreno registerd 33 goals and 22 assists and helped the team become the U.S. Soccer Development Academy champions in 2011-2012. Moreno recently was called into the U.S. U-18 National Team. He has trained with the Red Bulls' first team and played in several of the club’s reserve games in 2012.

The other academy players who graduated to the New York first team include forward Giorgi Chirgadze (signed: September 2009), forward Juan Agudelo (March 2010), midfielder Matt Kassel (January 2011), defender Sacir Hot (January 2011) and defender Connor Lade (December 2011).
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