Long Island Rough Riders goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira will have an opportunity to showcase his skills and talents on and off the field directly to Major League Soccer coaches and scouts at the 2019 MLS Player Combine.
The Columbia University senior is one of 60 players from universities in the United States and Canada to be invited to the showcase, held January 3-9, 2019, at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando.
The 2019 MLS SuperDraft is Jan. 11.
“I’m delighted that the hard work Dylan has put in over the last couple of years is starting to pay off,” Rough Riders head coach Stephen Roche said. “He had an excellent collegiate career at Columbia University and was always a standout player for the Rough Riders the past two seasons. He is a true pro and any MLS team who picks him up will not only be getting a great player, but a great person as well.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Castanheira was named 2018 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Ivy League first team. He broke the Ivy League record for career goals against average (0.513) after a stellar four-year career with the Lions, earning all-league honors three times.
He had 42 saves and a 1.09 GAA in 12 matches for the Rough Riders (10-5-1) this past summer. Castanheira was an integral part in Long Island’s run to the PDL Eastern Conference Final in 2017 with 35 saves and a 0.91 GAA during the regular season.
Castanheira is the third player to represent the Rough Riders at the MLS Combine in the past two seasons, joining forward Arthur Bosua and defender Andre Morrison, who were at the 2018 MLS Combine. Morrison was drafted No. 69 overall (third round) Toronto FC in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft.
“All of us at the Rough Riders wish Dylan the very best in his professional career,” Roche said. “He is further testament to the professional culture we create here at the Rough Riders with Andre Morrison getting drafted by Toronto last year and Danny Bedoya signing for NYCFC in the summer. Danny Elliot and Matt Vasquenza are also doing great things in Spain right now.
“The environment we create here helps players prepare for the next level.”
BY: Michael LoRé