Miler Castillo is on trial at the Houston Dynamo

Houston Dynamo trialing Ecuadorian forward Castillo

While blogs and fans hypothesize about how much of an impact players such as Rodolfo Zelaya, Jerry Bengsten and Carlo Costly would make in a Houston Dynamo uniform, the club’s front office is taking a chance on an under-the-radar player.

Ecuadorian forward Miler Castillo, who is currently with second-tier Mexican club Lobos de la BUAP, will join Houston on a two week trial starting Wednesday.

Castillo landed on the Dynamo’s radar at the recommendation of scouts in Mexico.

“[Castillo’s] in the Mexican second division, but they know about him and think he’s a good fit for MLS and a good player,” Dynamo president of business operations Chris Canetti told by phone Tuesday.

According to Canetti, those same scouts compared the 23-year-old Castillo to another Ecuadorian forward in Mexico, Christian Benítez.

In particular, Canetti pointed to the scout’s recommendation that Castillo is a forward who’s speedy — something the Dynamo covet — but who will be able to withstand the physical tolls that come with playing in MLS. That’s a hurdle many international players struggle to deal with upon arriving in the US.

Castillo has tallied four goals in 16 matches with Lobos. However, Castillo will now get a chance to impress Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and show that he has the ability to make an impact at what the club feels is a need position.

Houston’s had success this year with trialists, landing both Je-Vaughn Watson and Jermaine Taylor after the pair showcased their abilities in the preseason. Castillo will be given the same opportunity in the coming weeks, culminating with a chance to showcase his skills in a recently scheduled reserve match against the Monterrey U-20s on July 10.

Canetti did not specify on Castillo’s current contract position with Lobos. However, he was clear that if the 5-foot-9 forward impresses, the club would explore every option to finalize a deal.

“When we found out he was able to come on trial, we said, 'Yes,'” Canetti said. “In soccer, you never know where you can find a diamond in rough.”

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for Follow him on twitter at @Dynamoexaminer.