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Revs Add Dutch Striker Castillion

Photo credit: Ajax

Photo credit: Ajax

It was another week, another new forward for the Revolution on Monday after the club acquired Dutch international Geoffrey Castillion via free transfer.

Castillion, a 6-3, 170 lbs. striker, comes to Foxborough following a recent stint with Dutch Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen, where he scored twice in nine appearances across league and tournament competition in 2014. The 23-year-old forward will be officially added to the roster upon receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificiate.

“Geoffrey is a big, strong target forward with several years of experience in the Dutch first division,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a club release on Monday. “He will add a different dynamic to our attack and also give us more options up front. Once he finalizes the immigration process, we’re looking forward to getting him right into training.”

Castillion is a product of the Ajax Youth Academy, which is considered one of the best in the world at developing players. Following his time in the famed academy, the big forward made his first-team debut in March 2011.

He was subsequently loaned to Eredivisie sides RKC Waalwijk (2011-12) and Heracles Almelo (2012-13). Between the two sides, he he scored 11 goals in 66 total appearances.

The Dutch international is the third different striker the Revolution have acquired over the last two weeks. On Aug. 12, the club sent Saer Sene to New York for Andre Akpan. Days later, Tony Taylor joined the club following a weighted lottery for the former U.S. U-23 star on Aug. 18.

Castillion will wear number 39.

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  1. pauloblitzz

    August 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    bottom line is MLS is better than the Dutch second division and he’s only 23. He needs some more time on the grill before he’s ready IMO. I expect Heaps to use him off the bench very sparingly the rest of the way. Just enough to see what he can and can’t do. Next season he’ll be prepared and expected to bring more to the table, maybe even compete for the #2 striker position. The club has Mullins, Akpan, and now Geoffrey to develop at that position. I’m not sure any of them are good enough to start and produce in MLS though.

  2. Robert

    August 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Revs already building around Jones. With Jones as the box to box Midfielder who should provide much needed cover for the backline, Heaps can fully implement his attacking style without the fear of leaving his defense exposed. With the additions of a speedy winger/forward (Taylor), and a big target forward (Castillon) shows that it should be pedal to the metal as they will at least provide depth. The presence of Jones will create more space for Nguyen, Kobyashi, and Fagundez to do what they do best – quick, accurate passing of the ball not to mention Bunbury. This is a club which could surprise in the playoffs. Yes, they will make the playoffs.

  3. Farmer Ted

    August 26, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I fully expect Heaps will figure out a way to screw the whole thing up, piss off the talent and fiddle while the roster burns.

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