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June 23, 2004 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Minnesota Thunder News Release

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Wednesday, June 23, 2004) – In a move to bolster its offensive attack, the Minnesota Thunder signed former Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer) forward David Castellanos to a two-year contract, it was announced today by team officials.

The 6-1, 185-pound post-up forward will be in uniform for the Thunder’s next home game against border rival Milwaukee Wave United on Saturday, June 26 (kickoff 6 p.m.).

Castellanos, 24, is a native of Philadelphia and a former US U-17 and U-20 National Team player. He was released by the Colorado Rapids on June 11 after playing in three matches in 2004. Prior to the Rapids, Castellanos played one season professionally in the Honduras first division (Motagua). He played collegiate soccer for University of Connecticut (2000-01) where he helped lead the team to the 2000 NCAA national championship, and tallied eight goals in two seasons.

Despite posting the fifth best record in the league to date, the Thunder has scored just 11 goals in 11 league games. Only three teams in the 16-team A-League have fewer goals.

“It’s amazing what we have done by scoring so few goals,” said Thunder head coach Buzz Lagos. “David has a strong track record for scoring goals, and he comes to us in very good form.”

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