Colorado Rapids bid farewell to former Colombian int'l, 2012 leading scorer Jaime Castrillon
After a quiet start to the offseason, the moves are starting to trickle in for the Colorado Rapids.
Castrillón arrived from Colombian side Independiente Medellín before the 2012 season as head coach Oscar Pareja’s first signing, and he made an immediate impact, leading the Rapids with eight goals in 29 starts in 2012.
But an unspecified knee condition discovered in year-end physicals kept him from playing for the first half of 2013. When Castrillón was healthy again, his spot in the lineup had already been filled and he was limited to spot duty the rest of the season, making just 11 appearances and scoring one goal.
The former Colombia international made his lone goal this season count, though, scoring deep into the second half against Real Salt Lake on August 3, helping the Rapids reclaim the Rocky Mountain Cup from their archrivals.
“Jaime wants to play first-team football, and so he’s going to look for those opportunities,” Rapids technical director Paul Bravo told the club website. “We want to thank him for what he gave to the Rapids, as our leading scorer in 2012, and a hardworking, strong player and presence this past season."
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Castrillón received his green card this year and has repeatedly expressed his affection for the United States, perhaps leaving a return to MLS a possibility.
Chris Bianchi covers the Colorado Rapids for MLSsoccer.com.