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Deyna Castellanos leaves Manchester City to join NWSL’s Bay FC

Venezuela international Deyna Castellanos’ decision to leave Manchester City and join NWSL expansion club Bay FC has made headlines. Her multi-million dollar contract has also raised eyebrows, making her the highest paid foreign player in the NWSL.

Castellanos expressed her excitement about joining Bay FC and the coaching staff, as well as the opportunity to be a key player for the team’s inaugural season. She also hopes to change the perception of women’s soccer in the US.

The article provides detailed information about Bay FC, the NWSL’s schedule, and Castellanos’ career progression, making it a must-read for fans and those interested in women’s soccer.
On January 26, 2024, at 02:30 PM ET, Venezuelan international Deyna Castellanos confirmed her transfer from Manchester City to the NWSL expansion team Bay FC.

During her stay with Bay FC, Castellanos has signed a contract through 2026 with an option for the 2027 season, which is estimated to be worth more than $1.8 million, making her the highest-paid foreign player in the NWSL.

Bay FC, which is set to debut in the upcoming 2024 season, is led by a co-founded investment firm Sixth Street, and the team revealed their name and branding last June. The club has also hired former Washington Spirit interim manager Albertin Montoya as their coach.

Castellanos expressed her excitement and optimism on joining Bay FC and playing for the team situated in the San Francisco Bay Area, emphasizing the appeal of being part of the team’s first season and the opportunity to accomplish their collective goals.

Moving forward, Castellanos is hopeful to be part of a wider change in the perception of women’s soccer in the United States as Bay FC prepares for their first game of the upcoming season on March 16 against local rivals Angel City.

Source: ESPN (Jan 26, 2024)