Red Bulls’ Castano, Cardona on trial with Salzburg farm team FC Liefering


New York City F.C. promises to use the vast resources of Manchester City to bolster their fledgling MLS side for the 2015 campaign.

Red Bull Salzburg is doing the same — just in reverse.

While the New York Red Bulls have yet to confirm the move, FC Liefering — Salzburg’s second division farm team — revealed that senior team goalkeeper Santiago Castano and Red Bull Academy netminder Keith Cardona are currently on trial with the Austrian Second Division club.

The reports were first uncovered on Red Bull fan community Metrofanatic.

Both Cardona and Castano combined in a 5-0 friendly shutout against SV Scholz Grödig Amateurs. Cardona played the first half while Castano took on the second. According to the game report, Castano made several key saves in the second half to preserve the shutout.

Castano and Cardona are just two of the trialists brought on board from Red Bulls’ satellite clubs. Red Bull Brazil youth academy players Felipe Pires und Lucas Venuto have also joined their New York brethren on trial.

Castano and Cardona find themselves in an interesting situation. While Leifering do have the ability to advance to the first division of Austrian football, they have an arrangement with Red Bull as the official Salzburg development side. Leifering is the current incarnation of the combined resources of former clubs FC Pasching (Regionalliga Mitte) and USK Anif (Regionalliga West).

Whether they are truly on trial as the team suggests or if they are simply keeping fitness is unknown. EOS attempted to contact Red Bull New York to get an official word on the Leifering situation, but were unable to get confirmation at the time of this report.

According to the Leifering website, the team is still scheduled to take part in four more friendly matches leading through the middle of July. Amongst the opponents are WAC, MSV Duisburg and an encounter with U.S. Men’s National Team player Julian Green’s club, FC Bayern Munich II.

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