The Colorado Rapids are shifting their philosophy after going through a front office and technical staff overhaul, and that change is spreading to the field as well after the club announced the signing of Colombian attacking midfielder Jaime Castrillon from Independiente Medellin.
The 28-year-old Castrillon, who is not going to be a Designated Player, adds a different dynamic to the Rapids' central midfield, which has been centered around the hard-tackling, ball-winning pair of Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz.
Castrillon has spent all but one year of his career in his native country. He played for Medellin from 2002-2008 before bolting to China for a year. He returned home to join Once Caldas in 2010 (where he played under former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio) before going back to Medellin and scoring 11 goals last year.
He also has experience on the international level, taking part in 2010 World Cup qualifiers. He's gotten the best of the United States back line as well, scoring the lone goal in Colombia's 1-0 victory in the 2007 Copa America.
Video of that goal is after the jump:
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