Atlanta United announced Friday afternoon that it has signed veteran defender Edgar Castillo.
Castillo, 33, has been a professional soccer player for 13 years but has only played in Major League Soccer since 2018. He has played most of his career in Mexico with Santos Laguna, Club America, Tigres, San Luis, Puebla, Tijuana, Atlas and Monterrey.
Castillo won a league title with Santos in 2008 and Tijuana in 2012.
“Edgar is a veteran left back with experience in Liga MX, MLS and on the international level,” Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said in a release. “Few American players have been as successful in Mexico as Edgar has and we’re pleased to have added him to the roster.”
After making his move to MLS, Castillo played for the Colorado Rapids in 2018 and New England Revolution in 2019.
The New Mexico native has mostly played as a defensive left back/left midfielder and at first glance, it is expected that he will provide some depth to a position that is expected to be won by George Bello.
Castillo has also represented the United States Men’s National Team, having been capped 18 times, six of those appearances were during World Cup Qualifying.
Atlanta United is currently under its first week of preseason and will head to Florida for the next two weeks, where they will play three friendlies.