BRENT LATHAM - Friday, July 3, 2009
Edgar Castillo's recent, open declaration that he is ready to switch federations came as a surprise to just about everyone in the North American soccer world. It was not so shocking that a player who is out of form and seemingly out of contention for the Mexican national team would look to make a change to a team where he could possibly play as soon as next year's World Cup.
What was surprising was the way Castillo went about announcing his intentions. His open declaration was a huge tactical mistake. Certainly his agent should have done a better job of handling this. Castillo backed himself into a corner, and the response from the FMF was predictable. Castillo will never wear the Tricolor again, and he'll be lucky if he can remain in Mexico playing professionally at this point.
The ball is in the court of the USSF now, and with Castillo out of form, his suiting up the Stars and Stripes is far from certain as well. The USSF responded to an inquiry about Castillo's declarations with an indifferent "no comment," likely in response to Castillo's earlier statements that he would never wear the US colors. USSF President Sunil Gulati said on a conference call Thursday that the US has made preliminary contact with Castillo's representatives, but that nothing has been determined as yet.
We at YA are on top on this situation, and much more news and opinion on the situation is coming soon. In the meantime, have your say below.