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Americans Abroad Ticker: Castillo joins Atlas, Gomez loan move to Tigres official, and more

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Edgar Castillo’s time at Club Tijuana is over.

It was announced on Wednesday that Atlas has signed Castillo via a full transfer from Xolos, who Castillo leaves after two-and-a-half seasons.

Castillo was a regular for Tijuana this past campaign, starting in 28 of the 32 Liga MX matches he played in over the course of the Apertura and Clausura campaigns, but will now play for his seventh first division Mexican club since 2006.

The 27-year-old Castillo now joins an Atlas side looking to improve on its 12th-place finish during the Clausura season. He is also leaving behind the stable of American teammates at Tijuana that still includes Joe Corona and Greg Garza.

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Herculez Gomez has passed his physical exams, and is now a member of Tigres UANL.

Club Tijuana shipped out another American on Wednesday by loaning out Gomez to Tigres ahead of the upcoming Apertura campaign. The 32-year-old forward joins Jose Torres at the club and is looking for a steadier dose of playing time after making just 10 starts in 25 appearances across all competitions in his first year with Xolos.

The move will see Gomez – who scored all three of his goals for Tijuana in CONCACAF Champions League action – play for his sixth Liga MX club since leaving MLS in 2010.


In goes one American, out goes another.

A day after Gomez officially joined Tigres UANL, the club loaned Jonathan Bornstein to Queretaro for the upcoming campaign on Thursday. Bornstein, 29, spent last season on loan at Atlante, but was limited to just 37 combined minutes in three substitute appearances.

Bornstein will play alongside Vancouver Whitecaps forward Camilo at Queretaro, which finished in 13th place in Liga MX’s Clausura campaign.


What do you think of Castillo’s move to Atlas? Do you see Gomez succeeding at Tigres? Think Bornstein will see a steadier dose of minutes at Queretaro? Wish MLS clubs would sign these players?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I hate the constant shuffling of the Mexican league. It’s bad for the players, coaches, and in the end the overall game in Mexico.

    • Ha – I was just thinking this. If a team has a bad season, it seems totally legitimate to transfer list everyone. Herc is on his, what, sixth team in about as many years?

      Granted, when it comes to trades, MLS does the same thing, but it’s probably harder on the player. At least in Mexico these happen during the “off” season; in MLS, a player can be shipped across country with zero notice. Take Issey Nakajima-Farran – seems to be settling in at Toronto FC following a move from overseas, then gets sent to Montreal just over a month into the season. I remember reading a quote from him that most of his stuff hadn’t even made it to Toronto. That has to be rough.

    • I was going to comment something similar. Is it just this group of guys that seems to move every 18 months or is that how their league is? Seems like every transfer period our guys are moving all over the place.

  2. Castillo would move in a beat to MLS, just like corona, Hercules, Torres but they get very good money in ligaMX, almost like DP money.
    Castillo loves Tijuana, probably he had a beach mansion, why go to atlas but he got very good money from atlas that was just bought by a big tv company in Mexico ( TvAzteca)
    About Monterrey, it feels like living in America with a mexican atmosphere ( bad ass city to party and very good quality of life) so, I’m sure Hercules, borstein, Torres don’t mind Monterrey.
    Another thing about ligaMX, they get bigger bonus and extra incentives, I don’t think MLS owners will tell their team, if you give me shutouts, i will give you 1,000 dollars extra every time.
    My pops would give me a dollar for every goal I would score in city league, plus tournaments .
    I’m from El Paso texas, anybody else here from texas.
    I played versus Houston houstonias, Austin capitals, Dallas tornados, and so many other teams.
    I even played against Castillo like 30 times, here in El Paso tx.

    • Have we really come that far? We have a RB playing LB in Chandler and a LW playing LB in Beasley. I’d say we are still pretty far behind.

      • You’re trying too hard dude.

        JB isn’t even in the same class as Chandler. To suggest that they are comparable is just purposefully obtuse. If JB hadn’t scored the clinching goal for WC 2010 we wouldn’t even know who he is. I’m glad he got the big money Mexican paycheck but any opportunity for him to grow into a solid (not great, just solid) LB contributor for the USMNT went out the window when he left Goats-USA for the money.

        Run DMB is also a far better LB by virtue of the fact that he actually plays the position on a regular basis. More reps. More skill. Simply better in every way. 32 Year Old DMB would get the start at any team that employs 29 year old JB

  3. good moves for Castillo and Gomez, even though i’m a Xolos fan. i’m happy that Garza will get some serious playing time now. he is a true LB so this is great for the US team. i’ll be hoping Torres and Gomez get a nice connection going at Tigres, assuming Gomez can get playing time.

    also, if JB can’t get playing time at Queretaro, then wow. it’s crazy he is still on the books at Tigres.


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