Edgar Castillo was presented as one of America's newest players. The New Mexico-born Castillo joined America following six successful seasons with Santos Laguna. Now, he'll man the left side of the defense for America.
Here's what he had to say during his presentation:
"I'm very happy to arrive here. It has been a dream of mine to play with a giant club. This jersey is heavy but it has been a dream to play here and I'm ready to play."
He said he was looking forward to two games in particular: Jan. 3 against Chivas de Guadalajara in InterLiga and the Clausura 2009 season opener at Santos. He will likely spend a lot of time in the lineup during InterLiga to get used to new teammates and a new system and by the time league starts will likely have adapted himself to his new surroundings.
I wonder though what his nickname will be. America already has a "Gringo" in Jose Antonio Castro, though he was reportedly being courted by Tigres. The national media in Mexico has labeled him Gringo just as they have Jose Francisco Torres, and Jesus Padilla's carried the Gringo nickname for a while. At some point, that gets old.
However, the local papers in Torreon referred to him as "Homie" which is pretty cool: Edgar "Homie" Castillo. If that nickname sticks, I wonder which one of these he most resembles.