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Fabian Castillo receives green card, frees up international roster spot

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FCD has an open international slot now.

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Some good news on the roster front as FC Dallas pushes towards August and the final weeks of the transfer window. The club announced on their Twitter account last night that All-Star midfielder (boy that sounds nice, doesn't it?), Fabian Castillo has received his green card and no longer counts towards their international roster slot quota.

What does this mean going forward for FC Dallas? In terms of roster flexibility, a ton. Freeing up an international roster spot is huge for anyone, especially when you consider they have locked Castillo up with a contract through 2019.

There is some debate as to how many international roster slots are available for FC Dallas right now. The standard number each year is eight, which these slots can be traded. But when you look at last year's Expansion Draft protection list, the league lists out which players are internationals and guys like Blas Perez and Je-Vaughn Watson did not have that indication beside their name (I'm still waiting on confirmation as to whether or not they have green cards or not). So one could assume that along with adding Michael Barrios, Ezequiel Cirigliano, and Rolando Escobar that FC Dallas has two slots available now.

This is good flexibility going into the fall and even further down the line into 2016.