Edgar Castillo

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Edgar Castillo
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Personal information
Full name Edgar Eduardo Carrillo Castillo
Date of birth (1986-10-08) October 8, 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth New Mexico, United States
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Left Wingback
Club information
Current team
Number 2
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)
2014–2015 Atlas 37 (1)
2015– Monterrey 34 (1)
National team
2008 Mexico U23 8 (1)
2007–2008 Mexico 3 (0)
2009– United States 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 30, 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 21, 2016

Edgar Eduardo Castillo Carrillo (born October 8, 1986) is an American soccer player of Mexican descent who plays for Monterrey in Liga MX. 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 lead Mayfield High School to two state championships games [clarification needed].

He first gained the notice of professional teams in 2005 playing for his local club in the Dallas Cup, one of the world's top youth tournaments.[according to whom?] His team made it to the Dallas Cup final for the Super Group but lost 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 on the reserve team for Indios de Ciudad Juarez of Mexico.

Professional career[edit]

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 on loan to Tigres UANL and played 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 to being loaned to Club Tijuana; on June 7, 2012 he joined Tijuana, permanently.[2]

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

International career[edit]


In early August 2007, Mexico coach Hugo Sánchez called-up Castillo for the three upcoming friendlies with Colombia, Panama, and Brazil. On August 22, 2007 Castillo made his debut with the Mexico national team and entered at the 53rd minute in the friendly 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 2008 Summer Olympics.

He was called up by Sven-Göran Eriksson to be on the 23-man roster for the Mexico 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 Mexico passport.[4]

United States[edit]

Under a recent change in FIFA regulations, Castillo became eligible to play for the United States.[5] The new rule allowed players of any age to make a one-time national affiliation change if they held citizenship in their new country and yet have not played in a competitive senior level match for their previous nationality. 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.[....] 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[edit]


Santos Laguna[edit]


  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". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ "American Exports: US international Edgar Castillo completes transfer from Tijuana to Atlas". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Castillo hopes to return home with U.S.". ESPN.com. 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". Goal.com. September 7, 2009. Retrieved September 7, 2009. 
  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". Goal.com. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 

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