Edgar Castillo, the New Mexico born Mexican-American left back, announced today that he would consider a move to play for the US National team. After a few good seasons with Santos Laguna, Castillo spent last year with Mexico City’s Club America-- a forgettable campaign as part of one of the worst defense in the league. His year was punctuated by the fact that he misplaced his passport and could not join Mexico for their qualifier at Honduras. After it was clear that Castillo would not be part of America’s future plans, Castillo moved to Tigres to play for his former Santos coach, Daniel Guzman. Poised to play in this year’s Superliga, Castillo misplaced his passport again, and didn’t make the trip to the States.
The young New Mexican is a dymamic left back when he presses forward. He has plenty of pace, a decent shot, and technical skill. His defense, though, is not his best suit. The reality is that if Mexico has depth anywhere on the field, it’s on the left side. Castillo would have had to play at an extremely high level in order for him to crack the line-up. He was signed to do just that at Club America. He didn’t.
Castillo has a few caps for Mexico, but never in an official game. So he can take advantage of FIFA’s new relaxed regulations regarding national team jumping. Can he help the US? Absolutely, just like he can help Mexico. It’s not an easy decision, and certainly not one I would want to make. But I do find it a little disingenuous that the decision is being contemplated not for the love of one's country and the pride one feels in representing it, but because another country’s coach may or may not call him up, whatever country that may be.