Castellanos was held off the scoresheet in his first five MLS games this season, but broke out in a big way Sunday at Yankee Stadium, becoming the first player in club history to score four goals in a single game.
Last year’s Golden Boot presented by Audi winner opened his 2022 account with a ninth-minute headed goal. He converted penalty kicks on either side of halftime for his second career MLS hat trick – the first NYCFC player to do so – and capped a historic afternoon with his fourth goal, capitalizing on a poor attempted clearance, 10 minutes from full time.
Castellanos, 23, had four goals and four assists during the Cityzens' run to the Concacaf Champions League semifinals. But the Argentine's league production was stuck in the gates, before vaulting one goal off the Golden Boot lead due to his 71-minute outburst. A year ago, Castellanos won the award behind 19g/8a.
The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.