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Atlanta United sign veteran left back Edgar Castillo

Edgar Castillo - New England Revolution - pass upfield


Atlanta United added a veteran presence to their backline on Friday, signing former US international Edgar Castillo. The left back is a 13-year professional and a two-time champion of Liga MX where he played more than a decade before moving to MLS in 2018.

“Edgar is a veteran left back with experience in Liga MX, MLS and on the international level,” said Atlanta VP and technical director Carlos Bocanegra in a statement. “Few American players have been as successful in Mexico as Edgar has and we’re pleased to have added him to the roster.”

Castillo, 33, is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico and in Liga MX, he played 341 games across all competitions for eight different clubs. He won two Liga MX titles, one with Santos Laguna (2008) and one with Club Tijuana (2012).

He joined the Colorado Rapids on loan for the 2018 MLS season where he made 28 appearances, scored three goals and recorded five assists. Castillo joined the New England Revolution for the 2019 season and made 20 appearances while dishing out five assists.

Castillo will likely compete for minutes with 17-year-old George Bello, who was tabbed to be Atlanta's starting left back last season before picking up an injury.

Internationally, Castillo first represented the Mexican national team in 2007 and 2008 where he made three friendly appearances. Under new FIFA regulations, he was allowed to make a one-time national team change and was cleared to play for the United States in 2009. Castillo has 18 appearances for the US men’s national team including six World Cup qualifying appearances.