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FC Dallas lands Colombian teen
by Ridge Mahoney, March 8th, 2011 12:11AM
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[MLS] To restock a front line denuded of Jeff Cunningham and Atiba Harris during the offseason, FC Dallas has again dipped into the Colombian league.

Fabian Castillo, 18, moves to MLS from Colombian club Deportivo Cali and his country’s U-20 national team. He joins a Colombian contingent of Milton Rodriguez, Jair Benitez and 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira that helped FCD come within a deflected goal of perhaps winning the league title last year.

“We have been very fortunate to get some extremely talented players that we believe are good players and help us in our style of play,” said FCD coach Schellas Hyndman in a team press release announcing the deal. “And just as important is that they are good human beings with good character.”

Castillo first cracked the Cali first team during the 2010 season and responded with three goals in 17 matches. Hyndman says, “[He] has tremendous quickness and speed and the ability to stop on the dime, put on the brakes and go in a different direction.”

He is expected to miss as much as a month of the MLS season to play in the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will be hosted by Colombia in July.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and since Castillo had drawn the interest of several European clubs, it’s likely he’s been signed on a loan deal. Such was the case for ex-FCD midfielder Juan Toja, Sounders’ forward Fredy Montero, and several others when they first came to MLS.

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