Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC announced on Tuesday it had re-signed veteran Colombian midfielder Rafa Castillo for the 2018 USL season, bringing the former international back to the club for a third season. The signing is pending league and federation approval, and per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“Being back with SAFC for another season is a true blessing,” Castillo said. “I’m thankful to the coaching staff, the front office and my teammates for continuing to show faith in me and for once again giving me the opportunity to represent this organization. The fans are the heart of this club and I’ll continue to do my best to represent this city well.”
Castillo has made 49 appearances over two seasons with SAFC, and had notched four goals in 17 appearances a season ago. The midfielder’s campaign was knocked off course by an injury in August against Reno, which saw him sidelined until October, but the 37-year-old returned to see action in the final game of the regular season and then in the USL Cup Playoffs as San Antonio advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals.
“We are pleased to have Rafa re-join us for the 2018 campaign,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “His professionalism and appetite for the game day-to-day inspire the players around him, and he will continue to make this team better with his contributions on and off the field.”
Castillo sits third in SAFC history with 3,937 minutes of action, trailing only defenders Greg Cochrane and Stephen McCarthy, while his nine goals are second-most in team history. Castillo has also captained the team on numerous occasions throughout his two seasons with the club.