San Antonio FC has announced the re-signing of one of the very first players signed by the club for another season. On Tuesday San Antonio FC announced that they Rafael Castillo will be remaining with the club for another season.
Returning for 2017 makes it four straight years with a club in San Antonio, after playing the final two seasons with the San Antonio Scorpions. Castillo has become a strong part of the San Antonio soccer community and is one of the favorites of San Antonio FC fans.
Joining the club for another season continues the speculation that Castillo will retire as a San Antonio FC player. Castillo will be turning 37 in the 2017 season, and this could well be his last season as a professional player.
With such experience behind him, Castillo comes in as a vital leader both on and off the park for San Antonio FC. With Josh Ford injured for a big part of the season Castillo stood in as the captain on a number of occasions, captaining San Antonio FC 10 times through the season.
Castillo continued to be a strong player despite his advancing years as he finished with five goals on the season, level with Franck Tayou for the team golden boot. Castillo also put in two assists and 67 shots in 2016, making him third in the Western Conference.
One of those five goals was a memorable goal from back in July when he scored against LA Galaxy II. That goal was voted the goal of the season by San Antonio FC fans and was the only goal that San Antonio FC scored directly from a free-kick.
“The opportunity to continue with SAFC is a blessing from God,” said Castillo, in a statement. “It means I can continue on this great project with a team that aspires to be at the top of American soccer by reaching MLS. It also means representing these colors and representing our families and the San Antonio community. We have the responsibility and the opportunity to make SAFC great and I am happy to continue striving to achieve that goal.”