Some could say it has been a long time coming for Fabian Castillo on the international soccer front. The 23-year old has been working hard over the last couple of seasons to get noticed by his native country Colombia. Now that hard work has paid off in the form of his first senior team call up by FIFA's fourth ranked team.
Colombia head coach Jośe Pékerman put Castillo on his roster for a friendly versus Peru at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., on Tuesday at 7pm. Castillo is the only U.S.-based player among the 23 selected for the match.
Castillo join Colombia after FC Dallas' match against Real Salt Lake tomorrow at Toyota Stadium. Castillo will join FC Dallas' Blas Perez (Panama), Tesho Akindele (Canada), Moises Hernandez (Guatemala) and Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica) on international duty. Thankfully the one match for Colombia should put Castillo back in time for the game at Columbus next weekend.
The midfielder leads FC Dallas in goals (8) and assists (6) this season.