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Edgar Castillo

Edgar Castillo
Personal information
Full name Edgar Eduardo Castillo Carrillo
Date of birth (1986-10-08) October 8, 1986
Place of birth Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Left Wingback
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Santos Laguna 78 (3)
2009–2012 América 20 (0)
2009–2010 UANL (loan) 26 (2)
2010 San Luis (loan) 11 (1)
2011 Puebla (loan) 7 (1)
2012 Tijuana (loan) 19 (0)
2012–2014 Tijuana 65 (0)
2014– Atlas 19 (1)
National team
2008 Mexico U23 8 (1)
2007–2008 Mexico 3 (0)
2009– United States 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 5, 2014

Edgar Eduardo Castillo Carrillo (born October 8, 1986) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Atlas in Liga MX. Born in the United States to Mexican immigrants, Castillo is noted for being one of only two players to earn a senior cap for both sides of the United States-Mexico rivalry.[1]


Castillo grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico and played for Mayfield High School under coach Arturo Garibay. In 2002, as a sophomore, he was named NSCAA/Adidas High School State Player of the Year. He was one of the top players in New Mexico as he helped and led Mayfield High School to two State Championship games.

He first gained notice from professional teams in 2005 playing for his local club team in the Dallas Cup, one of the world's top youth tournaments. His team made it to the Dallas Cup final for the Super Group but went down to Atletico Paranaense of Brazil 1-0.

Castillo was also a player for the Olympic Development Program regional pool for many years. His younger brother, Noel Castillo, is currently on the reserve team for Indios de Ciudad Juarez of Mexico.

Professional career

Castillo began his professional career with Santos Laguna of the Primera División de México. After becoming a first team regular at Santos, and winning the championship in 2008, Castillo transferred mid season to Club América in January 2009. During the off-season, Castillo was placed on loan to Tigres UANL and will play for them during the 2009/10 season. He scored his first goal for Tigres against his former side, Santos Laguna, on August 30, 2009.

On November 23, 2011, Castillo agreed was loaned to Club Tijuana; on June 7, 2012 he joined Tijuana permanently.[2]

Castillo moved to Atlas over the 2014 off-season.[3]

International career


In early August 2007, Mexico coach Hugo Sánchez called Castillo for the three upcoming friendlies with Colombia, Panama, and Brazil. On August 22, 2007, Castillo made his debut with the Mexican national squad and entered at the 53rd minute in the friendly match against Colombia. In March 2008 he was also a member of the Mexico U-23 squad which participated in the 2008 CONCACAF Men Pre-Olympic Tournament in order to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

He was called up by Sven-Göran Eriksson to be on the 23-man roster for the Mexican national team, but he was benched during the game against Honduras on August 20, 2008. On November 12, 2008, Castillo appeared in a friendly match against Ecuador in Phoenix, Arizona. He replaced Francisco Fonseca as Mexico beat Ecuador 2–1. He was called up for the national team again on January 28, 2009, in a friendly against Sweden. Castillo was called up to the national side for World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica in Mexico City and Honduras in San Pedro Sula on March 28 and April 1, 2009 but was unable to travel to either match because he had "lost" his Mexican passport.[4]

United States

Under a recent change in FIFA regulations, Castillo became eligible to play for the United States because he had yet to make an appearance for Mexico in a competitive match at senior level.[5] The new rule allowed players of any age to make a one-time change of footballing nationality if they held citizenship in their new country and have not played in a competitive match at senior level for their previous country. The previous rule only allowed a change if the player was under 21.[4]

On June 29, 2009, he was asked about possibly playing for the United States, saying, "I would play for the United States. I'd want to talk to them first, but I want to play for the U.S. I think it would be a very good opportunity for me, for my career. If they call me I would play for them." Castillo also said, "I have made my decision. I want to represent the country where I was born, the place where I live."[6][7]

On September 2009, Castillo was cleared by FIFA to join the United States national team. On October 31, 2009 Castillo reveals to Mexican media after a Tigres UANL match vs Estudiantes Tecos that he had received a call earlier that day and stated "I was called up for training with the USA team and I am expected to appear to play against Denmark ....I'm hoping to give a good impression".[8]

Castillo made his USA debut as a second-half sub in a friendly against Denmark in which they lost on November 18, 2009. He is now the second player to earn caps for both Mexico and the United States, joining Martin Vasquez, who played non-FIFA-recognized matches with Mexico in 1992 and 1993 before receiving official call-ups to the US starting in 1996.

Castillo's decision to join the USMNT triggered a strongly negative response from Mexican fans. "When I changed to the U.S. national team, it was a hard time for me because people called me a traitor and stuff like that," Castillo remarked. He further elaborated on his decision, ultimately stating, "It's a big priority," Castillo said of playing for the United States. "I was born in the U.S. Even though I've played a lot in Mexico, because Mexico has been treating me good, I changed to the U.S. national team and I think I made a good choice."[9]

Castillo has since been recalled to the USMNT under new head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, and started against Mexico on August 10, 2011.[10]


United States


Santos Laguna


  1. ^ 6pm ET - ESPN (June 29, 2009). """Castillo: "I Would Play For The United States. US Soccer Players. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Tom Marshall (June 7, 2012). "American Exports: Castillo completes move to Tijuana". Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "American Exports: US international Edgar Castillo completes transfer from Tijuana to Atlas". Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Castillo hopes to return home with U.S.". Associated Press. July 25, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "USA or Mexico: Castillo has another decision to make". Soccer By Ives. June 13, 2009. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ Frosch, Dan (July 3, 2009). "Pledging Allegiance to the U.S". The New York Times. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ Castillo: I would play for the United States
  8. ^ "Edgar Castillo Cleared To Join U.S. National Team".  
  9. ^ "Edgar Castillo Gets Another Shot with U.S. Soccer". The Post Game. August 5, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  10. ^ Ramsay, Allen (August 6, 2011). "Edgar Castillo happy to be back with Club America and the USA".  

External links

  • Edgar Castillo stats
  • Edgar Castillo Liga MX stats at Medio (Spanish)
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