Gringo Report: Castillo, Acuña put on transfer list
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Americans Edgar Castillo and Isaac Acuña could be on the move after Club América declared all their players to be transferable in a shock announcement on Sunday.
“Club América informs that the directors met today and have taken the decision of putting all the players on the transfer list,” read a statement from the Mexico City giants. “The team didn't live up to expectations and we offer an apology to all the fans that supported us during the Apertura 2011.”
América finished in 17th place in Mexico's Apertura championship and won only 15 points from 17 games. Major changes were forecast, but not one as drastic as putting the whole squad up for sale.
Las Cruces, N.M., native Castillo had started the season as a regular under previous coach Carlos Reinoso. The 25-year-old left back even earned a call-up to Jurgen Klinsmann's first US squad and started friendlies this summer against Mexico and Costa Rica.
However, injury problems, combined with the arrival of new manager Alfredo Tena, have kept Castillo out of the mix for las Águilas since Sept. 11.
Acuña has had limited involvement for América this Apertura, clocking up only 70 minutes in the first team all season. The Calexico, Calif., native was included in the squad after a successful loan spell at Querétaro last season.
The 22-year-old was also suspended from the first team for a week for indiscipline back in mid-August.
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