Tijuana (Primera Division)
#15 | Defender/Midfielder
October 8, 1986 (Age: 27)
Las Cruces, New Mexico
5' 9", 165 lbs (1.75 m, 75 kg)
Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, this quick defender is one of four Americans currently playing in the top Mexican division.
Castillo made his professional debut in 2006 with Mexican club Santos Laguna. In 2008 Castillo helped lead Santos to a Clausura championship. During this great season, his play earned him a few appearances with the U-23 Mexican national team as well as the senior Mexican national team.
His performances did not go unnoticed when, at the end of the 2008 Clausura Mexican giants Club America came calling for him. However, Castillo struggled to find minutes with America.
In 2009, Castillo went on loan with Tigres UANL, where he found more playing time.
For the '10-'11 season, Castillo went on loan with San Luis for the Apertura and Puebla for the Clausura, but struggled to nail down a starting position at either club.
Castillo returned to Club America in the fall of 2011, where he has regained a more prominent role at the club in the early stages of the season.
However, Castillo again fell out of America's lineup and moved to Tijuana on loan.
Edgar Castillo has the unique opportunity to play for either the United States or Mexico at the international level because he holds a passport for each of those countries.
He has already made a few appearances with the Mexican national team, but because he has only represented El Tri in friendly games, he is still eligible to suit up for the United States. Interestingly, even though he has appeared for Mexico, Castillo has made it clear that he desires to play for the US national team.
Castillo filed a one-time permanent switch with FIFA in order to make himself eligible for the US. He received one cap during Bob Bradley's tenure as manager, but failed to make serious inroads into the squad.
Castillo returned to the national team fold when Jurgen Klinsmann included him on the German's first roster in charge of the US.