A little email exchange between the TSG brothers earlier today.
Matthew: I watched the Toluca-Tigres game at the gym on Saturday. Castillo was on the pitch. Got up the pitch a bunch probably due to the fact that he was playing in the midfield instead of the backline.
He is categorically not a defender.
Mark: I don’t want to hear that. I am going to pretend you never said that.
Matthew: He made some good runs. Very good on possession and possibly more of a wing or holding midfielder–not nearly strong enough on defense. He’ll be stay in front of guys for sure….but aerials, forget about it….and a Jozy type offender, he’s screwed.
Mark: Ever since he admitted he needed to work on his defense, I’ve stopped considering him an option at LB anytime soon.
Matthew here, sure, it was just one observation. I saw an extremely competent player who was strong on the ball, that’s for sure. Looked to me though slated more for a left holding mid. Maybe my comments are biased since he had a thin frame (heck, Ashley Cole has a thin frame), that being said, looked like a mid-pitchman to me.
If you’ve seen him, please do weigh in. He certainly should be able to help the USMNT in some capacity.
(By the way, Telemundo, you do a great job with camera production and game coverage.)