While Tuesday wasn’t newsworthy from a New England Revolution roster perspective it was for a handful of former players.
Edgar Castillo to Atlanta?
Former Revolution left-back Edgar Castillo was spotted at Atlanta United training on Tuesday. The 33-year-old had his option with New England declined following the 2019 season. Castillo was a tough one to judge during his brief stint with the Revs.
New England had traded Kelyn Rowe for Castillo in a three-team trade in December of 2018. Last year with the Revolution Castillo only appeared in 20 matches picking up six assists in just under 1,700 minutes played. A handful of injuries plagued the two-time Liga MX champion who had started 28 matches the previous season in Colorado.
For me, Castillo’s 2019 season can be summed up in one moment. In a 0-0 draw against the Montreal Impact on 5/18 then Interim Manager Mike Lapper pulled Castillo just 35 minutes into the match. Not exactly fair but he simply didn’t have anything left. Castillo didn’t play in his last eight Matchday 18 appearances to end the 2019 campaign.
As for Atlanta, they could certainly use the depth at left-back and Castillo does bring both MLS experience and International experience. United had a number of players depart this off-season on their back-line so Castillo looks like a natural fit.
Former Rev Mark Segbers Lands In USL Championship
Segbers is still just 23-years-old and was drafted in the same draft as Brandon Bye with New England using the number nine pick on the defender. One pick after Bye.
Segbers didn’t see any action in 2018 and had his option declined following the 2018 season. The four-year Wisconsin Badger on Tuesday signed a deal with Memphis 901 FC of the USL Championship league.
Segbers has two years of USL experience having spent 2010 with the Swope Park Rangers with 1,944 minutes of action. The year prior he saw action with Orange County SC and Chicago FC United in USL League Two.
Interestingly enough Memphis’s sporting director is the legendary goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Charlie Davies made a comment on the Far Post Podcast on Tuesday that I think should get a bit more play.
Paraphrasing a bit but Davies point was that MLS teams shouldn’t pass in the MLS SuperDraft but instead take a flier on a player. Bring them into training camp and give them a legitimate shot.
Essentially what is the risk? 27 of 52 picks were passed in rounds three and four on Monday. Not exactly compelling. MLS could simply remove the ability to pass on players. Teams should still have players on their boards in the third and fourth round and if they don’t, they need a more robust scouting strategy.
Of course, some teams are right up against the roster limits. But many MLS teams have second-tier sides (ie. Revolution II) and quite frankly there are also clubs that have a desperate need for depth (ie. Atlanta United, Chicago Fire, etc.).
Something has to give, why not give a few players a shot? Hell, Matt Turner was an undrafted free agent. You never know what a player will turn out to be, especially if they aren’t given a chance to prove themselves.
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