Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer asked for cover at the left back position. The team has obliged him by signing former U.S. international Edgar Castillo to compete for minutes alongside George Bello.
Veteran Edgar Castillo set to join the 5-Stripes— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) January 17, 2020
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“Edgar is a veteran left back with experience in Liga MX, MLS and on the international level,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said in a press release. “Few American players have been as successful in Mexico as Edgar has and we’re pleased to have added him to the roster.”
Castillo most recently spent time with the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution after a long and well-traveled career in Liga MX. In 2019, he started 20 games for the Revs before having his contract option declined in the offseason. He’s provided five assists in each of his last two season in MLS; however, it was 2018 with the Rapids when he really shined, adding three goals to his production.
The 33-year-old is known for his ability to push forward with pace and cause havoc. He has appeared 18 times for the United States at the international level after choosing to represent the Stars and Stripes over Mexico in 2009.
Castillo should add some needed depth at the left back position and act as an insurance policy should 18-year-old George Bello miss time or struggle.
Welcome to Atlanta, Edgar!