FC Dallas has signed midfielder Fabian Castillo to a new five-year deal.
The 22-year old enjoyed a breakout season in 2014. He notched career highs in goals (10), minutes played (2,282), games started (26), shots (74) and shots on goal (32). Four of his 10 goals were game-winning goals. He was named to the MLS Team of the Week four times and was named FC Dallas' Team MVP following the season.
He currently is 12th on the all-time club scoring list as well with 20 goals.
"We're very excited to have secured the services of Fabian Castillo for the future," said FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo in a club issued press release. "He is the future of this franchise. He is a player we have been able to help grow. We also believe he has yet to achieve his full potential. FC Dallas has a more mature and complete player in Fabian today than we did a few years ago, but each year he remains with FC Dallas, the better he will become."
Locking up Castillo to this type of deal means the club is in good position to either keep him for the length of this deal and enjoy the growth that he will continue to go through, or reap a big payday in selling him down the road. I think it is key to point out that he is still only 22-years old and has loads of room to grow here in Dallas under Oscar Pareja.
For those that will ask, it doesn't appear that he is a Designated Player with this extension either. Which is even better news for the club to be able to retain an open slot for this season.
Are you excited that the club has found a way to keep Castillo for the long haul? Or do you think in a year or two they'll be in prime position to sell him?