15. Fabian Castillo
Pos: F | FC Dallas | Age: 21
While the Colombian has seen a dip in his goalscoring production from a year ago, when Castillo came in as No. 22 in our 2012 list, the forward has been more of a facilitator for playoff-hopeful FC Dallas. The 21-year-old has dished out nearly as many helpers in 2013 as he collected in 2011 and 2012 combined. FCD coach Schellas Hyndman has used Castillo mainly as a starter, but has also used the Colombian as a spark off the bench late in games.
What TDs and coaches like: "A faster player I don’t know that we’ve seen in the league. When you have that kind of speed, things can happen. For me, he’s an out-and-out wide player. ... He's electric. Electric. Great dribbler, great pace, crafty, clever. ... Defensively, I think he understands that that’s an important role. ... The ability to get behind defenders, the ability to get out on the break, to be crafty enough to sidestep defenders, there aren’t many quicker in the league. ... He’s got great pace. He goes past people. That’s always a big, big threat if you’ve got someone who can beat players one-v-one and and I think he’s very good at that. ... I've loved him for the three years he's been in the league.”
Where TDs and coaches want improvement: "Tactically, there’s room to grow for him. I think he’s still got to know the moments when advantages are there and know the moments when advantages aren’t there. ... When he gets in front of goal, it’s not always clean. His consistency to strike balls and be dangerous as a goal-scoring guy is probably an area that needs improvement. ... His final product, his shot on goal, his finishing or his final pass or final cross [need to be better]. I think sometimes with players who have that kind of pace they maybe don’t execute as well as they should when they get in good possessions, and I think that would probably be the case for him. ... I thought last year was maybe was his breakout year, and this year he's back to squandering chances despite how well he plays, basically, from box to box.”
Opta Says: Fabian Castillo leads all players eligible for 24 Under 24 with 2.8 successful dribbles per 90 minutes during the 2013 season.
|Tale of the Tape|
|Last Year in 24U24: #22|
|Castrol Index (as of 9/17/13): #194|
|Matches played: 27|
|Matches started: 20|
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