Ex-FC Dallas star Castillo leaves Turkey, signs with Xolos
Fabian Castillo departed FC Dallas for Europe on contentious terms in the summer of 2016, but the Colombian winger has returned to North America after two seasons with Turkish side Trabzonspor.
Rather than returning to Dallas, though, Catsillo will suit up for Club Tijuana after completing a (reported) $1.5 million transfer to the Liga MX side on Thursday. Trabzonspor reportedly paid $3 million to FC Dallas as an initial loan fee, plus an addition seven-figure sum to make the signing permanent.
FCD were reportedly willing to entertain the idea of bringing the 26-year-old back last offseason, but a deal wasn’t reached and Castillo was intent on completing the season and trying to force his way into the first team. In the end, he made just 10 appearances (four starts) in league play this season, tallying two assists in 420 minutes.
Castillo, who arrived in Dallas at the age of 18 in 2011, was not so long ago considered one of the most talented, mercurial prospects in all of North America. He racked up 24 goals and 18 assists in his final two and a half seasons (2014-2016) in MLS, and even garnered call-ups to the Colombian national team in 2015.