Fabian Castillo will no longer be committing his playing time to Major League Soccer. FC Dallas has loaned the 24-year-old Colombian winger to Turkish club Trabzonspor with an option to buy.
FC Dallas acquired an 18-year-old Castillo in March of 2011 from Deportivo Cali in Colombia, and Castillo made his debut for FC Dallas later that month. Castillo totaled 34 goals and 30 assists in MLS play in his six years as a FC Dallas player. Castillo found his footing under Oscar Pareja in 2014, becoming arguably one of the most exciting players in MLS and earning Colombian national team recognition. The Colombian tallied a career high in goals at 10 in his breakout campaign. The speedy and flashy winger tallied five goals and five assists in Dallas’ 2016 campaign and was a notable All-Star snub.
The move comes as a surprise to a lot of FC Dallas fans with the air surrounding the political climate in Turkey, and with Castillo signing a new five-year deal through 2019 in February of 2015 with FC Dallas. FC Dallas technical director, Fernando Clavijo, also told 3rdDegree.net that Fabian Castillo had chosen to stay in Dallas after the rumors of a move to Trabzonspor surfaced on June 24th. The sum is especially surprising, but Trabzonspor have also been low on money recently as two players filed complaints against the club for not paying wages a few months back.