The Colorado Rapids announced today that they have signed defender Dennis Castillo to a contract. From the Rapids Press Release:
"Dennis is a young defender with good technique and a great attitude," said Paul Bravo, VP of Soccer Operations and Technical Director. "He has all the fundamentals to go far in the game and we're happy to officially add him to our squad."
Castillo, 22, was named the 2015 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and was a four-year starter for the Rams, starting all 80 games he saw action in, a school record. The San Jose, Costa Rica native scored 17 collegiate goals and notched two assists which also earned him NSCAA Second Team All-Midwest Region, Atlantic 10 Championship Player and Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference. Castillo has also represented the Costa Rica national team at the U-18 and U-20 levels.
Castillo will be added to the roster as an international player and will be available for selection this weekend.
This is a solid move by the Burgundy Boys for a couple of reasons:
1) Depth: the Rapids are thin along the backline with a number of players (Jared Watts, Axel Sjoberg, Marlon Hairston) all out with injury. Castillo has a shot at playing. And soon.
2) Preseason: Castillo looked very good this preseason and he was regularly thought as a player who could make the squad. His touch was solid and his ability to bomb up the wings was a pleasure to see. This is a good signing by the Rapids.
So what do you think Rapids fans? Are you excited by this move? Let us know in the comment section below!