Friday, July 25, 2008

Sangre americana preview: Borja, N.Castillo

What do you get when you cross Carlos Borja and Noel Castillo? A former youth international whose brother is the superior athlete? Not exactly.

Actually, you get two guys who can only hope that the Apertura 2008 season leads to more playing time in the second division, which in turn might lead to a bright future in 2009 and beyond.

Carlos Borja (Orange, Calif.) was one of two American-born players who saw action for Tapatio in Saturday's season-opening 3-1 loss to Leon. Jesus Padilla (San Jose, Calif.) started, went the distance and scored a goal while Borja came on in the 85th minute.

Noel Castillo (Las Cruces, New Mexico) and brother Edgar both tried out for Santos Laguna. While Edgar flew threw the system and established himself as a starter with the first team, Noel struggled. He was let go from Santos and found his way to Indios Chihuahua. There is another Indios that plays in the first division - Indios de Ciudad Juarez - but Noel's on the Chihuahua version. That Castillo saw the field in the first game of the season seems encouraging - he's thought of at least.

Until each establishes himself as a bona fide starter for their respective clubs, the top flight is nowhere near. That doesn't mean we'll stop updating them, though. It will just make it a bit more challenging to find out about their exploits.

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