One of 14 new players on the Colorado Rapids roster in 2018, midfielder Edgar Castillo says his role varies but he’s getting used to playing that way for new Head Coach Anthony Hudson.
“The first match we played it well, but at the end we lost the match,” Castillo says of the season-opening loss at New England. “Things happen but we’re getting accustomed to the manager’s role and we’re going. I’m thankful for this opportunity. I’m thankful for how I’ve been welcomed here, and our manager is welcoming too. ”
Edgar admits both he and Marlon Hairston have to be dual-role players splitting time between defending and attacking in Hudson’s preferred 3-5-2 formation, in which the outside wingers are both defenders and midfielders. “The boss asks us to go on the attack but also defend. He’s teaching us to defend well and step well to go forward, pressure forward, and to run the whole game which is what he wants,” he tells The Voice of C38 through an interpreter.
Speed is something Castillo has plenty of and being energetic for 90 minutes is not something everyone can do. “It depends on the match. He’s asking us to be intense and defend and attack.”
The season-opening match at New England was a prime example. Many times, Castillo was pushing forward as an extra attacker with Colorado missing Shkelzen Gashi, Stefan Aigner, and the recently added Joe Mason. However, at the same time his opposite Hairston was tucked back into the backline oftentimes giving the Rapids four in defense. These roles will change between the two, but also between possessions according to Castillo.
As far as ambitions for 2018, Edgar doesn’t see why Colorado shouldn’t aspire for the top given their retooled side. “I want to give a good season, not just me but for my teammates, and to get things and shoot for the title-why not?”