Mr. Castillo, Please Report to the Backline

EC: Lost in space?

EC: Lost in space?

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.)

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/19 at 3:13 PM

    Given what I saw Saturday, is it too much for me to pine for….



    Specs, Gooch, Boca, Bornstein
    Holden, J.Jones, Castillo, Donovan
    Altidore Dempsey

    Sorry — just wanted to see how that looked in writing.


  2. Posted by kaya on 2009/10/19 at 4:10 PM

    you mean besides shins, patellas and daddy’s boys?
    i’m telling benny…


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/19 at 4:14 PM

      It’s Monday and I’m currently writing our Charlie Davies’ sub piece. It’s not a great day.


      • Posted by kaya on 2009/10/19 at 4:54 PM

        Now you’re making me feel bad. I’m just kidding.
        You guys are way over my head…I’ve never seen Eddy play.
        Is he really that good he already pulled Paco’s spot?:)


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2009/10/19 at 4:56 PM

          Nope — and I only had one observation.

          But he’s not a left back for USMNT in 2010 unless he really focuses on his defense.


  3. Posted by Kevin on 2009/10/20 at 9:25 AM

    Well I haven’t seen him play, but I really want to see Torres on the pitch. Maybe Donovan can start as an attacking mid.


  4. […] Per TSG comment’s last month–yes it is now November–Castillo will get a look at left back, but should probably receive some consideration for Ricardo Clark’s interior defensive mid position. […]


  5. […] A name you didn’t see here is Edgar Castillo. TSG will toot our horn as we were the first–to much guffaw as he was being hyped in 2009– to label Castillo a midfield and midfielder alone. […]


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