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Atlanta United FC signs veteran defender Edgar Castillo

Castillo, 33, has experience playing for the Mexican and U.S. national teams.

Atlanta United FC added some experience and depth to its back-line Friday, signing veteran fullback Edgar Castillo.

The 33-year-old former Mexican and U.S. international had been in training camp with Atlanta since Monday. No details of his contract with Atlanta were revealed.

“Edgar is a veteran left back with experience in Liga MX, MLS and on the international level,” Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “Few American players have been as successful in Mexico as Edgar has and we’re pleased to have added him to the roster.”

A native of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Castillo is one of the few to represent both Mexico and the U.S. on the senior international level. He played for Mexico’s youth teams and earned three caps for its senior side between 2007 and 2008.

In 2009, Castillo took advantage of a FIFA rule — which was new at the time — which allowed players to make the one-time switch if they held citizenship in another country. Castillo has since appeared in 18 matches for the U.S., last playing for the Stars and Stripes in 2016. He was part of the U.S. squad that claimed the Gold Cup in 2013.

Castillo began and spent most his professional career playing in Mexico’s Liga MX. He debuted for Santos Laguna in 2006, and went on to play for several clubs in the country including Club America, Tigres UANL, San Luis, Puebla, Club Tijuana, Atlas and Monterrey. He helped Santos Laguna win a pair of championships in the 2007-08 season, and was part of the Tijuana squad that captured the Mexican championship in the 2012-13 season.

In 341 appearances for Liga MX clubs, he tallied 10 goals and 10 assists.

Castillo first came to the U.S. in 2018 on-loan with the Colorado Rapids. Ahead of the 2019 season, he signed on with the New England Revolution. He has featured in 52 games between the two MLS clubs, notching three goals and 11 assists. His contract with New England was not renewed at the end of the 2019 season.

Typically a left back, Castillo has also played right back, center back and as a left midfielder in his career.

Castillo will likely compete for minutes at left back with Atlanta United homegrown George Bello, who turns 18-years-old next week.




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