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Greenville announce signing of decorated forward Leonardo Castro

By Staff, 03/20/23, 3:00PM EDT


Colombian goalscorer won numerous domestic and international trophies in Colombia and South Africa

Colombian goalscorer won numerous domestic and international trophies in Colombia and South Africa | Image Credit: Kaizer Chiefs FC

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Greenville Triumph SC today announced the signing of decorated Colombian forward Leonardo Castro, pending league and federation approval. The 33-year-old veteran has amassed nearly 300 top-flight appearances and 64 goals in South Africa, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia, winning the CAF Champions League, CAF Super Cup, South African Premier Soccer League and Colombian Categoría Primera A, among others.

Castro began his youth career with his hometown CD Caterpillar Motor in 2006 before joining the youth ranks of Colombian power Millonarios FC in 2008, also in Bogotá. After making his professional debut with Millonarios between 2008 and 2009, Castro spent a season with fellow Colombian top-flight side CD La Equidad Seguros where he made 34 appearances and scored six goals in 2010. Castro spent the 2011 season with Peru First Division clubs Club Alianza Lima and Colegio Nacional Iquitos where he scored five goals in 16 appearances with the pair of Peruvian sides. He also made a pair of 2011 Copa Libertadores appearances with the former.

Between 2012 and 2014, Santos returned to his native Colombia, first appearing back with Millonarios, helping his boyhood club to a 2012 Categoría Primera A – Finalización title, before spending time with Cúcuta Deportivo and Águilas Doradas Rionegro, scoring six times in 43 appearances between the trio. In 2015, Castro enjoyed a brief stint with Bolivian División Profesional side Club Deportivo Universitario San Francisco Xavier, making eight appearances for Universitario in the 2015 Copa Libertadores.

Beginning in the 2015 season, Castro left South America for the first time in his career to sign with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns FC. With Sundowns, Castro made 62 appearances and recorded 16 goals and eight assists to help the PSL side to its first CAF Champions League title in 2016, a CAF Super Cup victory in 2017, a Nedbank Cup in 2015-16 and a pair of league titles in 2015-16 and 2017-18. Castro helped Sundowns to its first Club World Cup, starting in both of Mamelodi's two matches at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan.

In 2017, Santos was transferred to fellow PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs FC. Between 2017 and 2022, Santos has made 123 appearances for the AmaKhosi, scoring 29 goals and registering 10 assists across CAF Champions League, CAF Confederation Cup and PSL play, among other competitions.

Castro made five appearances for the Colombia youth national team at the 2009 South American U-20 Championship in Venezuela.

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