Rough Riders’ Castanheira Heading To MLS Player Combine

Dylan Castanheira. Photo: Columbia University

Long Island Rough Riders goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira will be heading to Orlando in early January to take part in the 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.

The 2019 MLS SuperDraft is scheduled for January 11 in Chicago.

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. The Landing, NJ, native 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.

“I’m delighted that the hard work Dylan has put in over the last couple of years is starting to pay off,” said Stephen Roche, Rough Riders head coach. “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.”

Castanheira 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.

He 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.