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Ex-FC Dallas star Castillo leaves Turkey, signs with Xolos

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Fabian Castillo departed FC Dallas for Europe on contentious terms in the summer of 2016, but the Colombian winger has returned to North America after two seasons with Turkish side Trabzonspor.

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Rather than returning to Dallas, though, Catsillo will suit up for Club Tijuana after completing a (reported) $1.5 million transfer to the Liga MX side on Thursday. Trabzonspor reportedly paid $3 million to FC Dallas as an initial loan fee, plus an addition seven-figure sum to make the signing permanent.

FCD were reportedly willing to entertain the idea of bringing the 26-year-old back last offseason, but a deal wasn’t reached and Castillo was intent on completing the season and trying to force his way into the first team. In the end, he made just 10 appearances (four starts) in league play this season, tallying two assists in 420 minutes.

Castillo, who arrived in Dallas at the age of 18 in 2011, was not so long ago considered one of the most talented, mercurial prospects in all of North America. He racked up 24 goals and 18 assists in his final two and a half seasons (2014-2016) in MLS, and even garnered call-ups to the Colombian national team in 2015.

Fabian Castillo completes permanent move to Trabzonspor

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There was a noticeable difference before and after Fabian Castillo left FC Dallas in 2016, and now the club must prepare fully for life after the attacker.

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On Friday, the MLS side announced Castillo has been sold to Turkish side Trabzonspor after being loaned to the club back in August.

The 24-year-old has yet to score a goal in his time in Turkey’s first division, although he has posted one assist in 14 matches.

During his time in MLS, Castillo notched 34 goals for FC Dallas in over 150 appearances for the Western Conference side. The Colombian also played a part in three playoff runs with Dallas.

Trabzonspor reveals Fabian Castillo loan from FC Dallas

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In what has proven to be a whirlwind few weeks for Fabian Castillo and FC Dallas, the promising attacker could very well be headed to Turkey after all.

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Turkish side Trabzonspor has announced a loan deal with an option to buy for the 14-year-old winger after recent reports suggested a tiring back-and-forth between Dallas and the the club from Turkey.

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FC Dallas has yet to confirm the transaction, but given Castillo’s desire to leave the club it seems very likely that he won’t return to the current Western Conference leaders.

On Thursday, Sports Illustrated reported Castillo’s loan move for the remainder of 2016 to be $3 million. Trabzonspor would then have to complete the payment in January or else Castillo would be free to move back to FC Dallas.

MLS Snapshots: FC Dallas 3-1 Fire | Rapids 1-0 Sporting KC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): When they’ve got 11 players on the field, the prospect of facing FC Dallas is downright frightening. Oscar Pareja’s side, which entered the weekend with a three-point lead in the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield races, held serve and protected that margin thanks to a 3-1 home victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday. Not only did FCD make it four wins in five games, but they did so in spectacular fashion, scoring a pair of highlight reel goals in the first half. Maximiliano Urruti finished the Fabian Castillo’s ridiculous rabona cross, and Mauro Diaz hit a pinpoint bomb. Which goal was most spectacular? Take your pick. You can’t go wrong.

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Three moments that mattered

23′ — Urruti heads home Castillo’s rabona cross — Castillo is probably ready for Europe was ready for Europe years ago.

41′ — Diaz fires from distance for 2-0 — Diaz is a beautiful, magical unicorn (when he’s healthy).

56′ — Barrios has a wide open net, but can’t finish — There are spectacular misses, and there is what Michael Barrios did in the 56th minute. Oh, my.

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Man of the match: Fabian Castillo

Goalscorers: Urruti (23′), Diaz (41′), Alvarez (90+1′), Rosales (90+2′)


The game in 100 words (or less): While FCD were (hardly) busy taking care of business in Frisco, Tex., the Colorado Rapids found themselves (somewhat) occupied in securing a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City in Commerce City, Colo. Playing once again without Jermaine Jones (with the USMNT world-beater on the field, Pablo Mastroeni’s side played its way to the Supporters’ Shield lead; without him, they had won just two of their last seven games), the Rapids somehow managed to improve upon their league-best goals-conceded mark (now just 13 in 19 games). The victory keeps the Rapids (37 points) three points back of FCD, while Sporting KC (28 points) remain fifth in the West with the Vancouver Whitecaps, a point behind in sixth, taking on Orlando City SC. The Portland Timbers would also leapfrog Peter Vermes’s side with a victory over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.

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Three moments that mattered

65′ — Melia rushes out to deny Hairston — Tim Melia found himself sprinting off his line to close down Marlon Hairston’s path to goal in the 65th minute, saving the Rapids’ best chance of the night thus far.

78′ — Hairston curls one far post for 1-0 — Hairston’s second chance was much more difficult than his first, but it was the follow-up effort that found the back of the net.

90+2′ — Rubio hacked down in the box, no call — Sporting KC should have been awarded a penalty in the 92nd minute, but no whistle from referee Drew Fischer. Sometimes life be like that.

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Man of the match: Marlon Hairston

Goalscorers: Hairston (78′)

MLS Snapshot: New England Revolution 2-4 FC Dallas (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): When the New England Revolution traded for Kei Kamara late last week, the embarrassment of attacking riches at the disposal of head coach Jay Heaps reached laughable levels. Struggle to score goals, they would not (they’ve scored four in the two games since Kamara’s arrival, and he’s yet to score one of his own). However, the acquisition of Kamara wouldn’t do anything to improve the third-worst defense in MLS (20 goals conceded through 12 games coming into Saturday), and that seems to be a far more pressing issue in Foxboro these days. On Saturday, the Revs went down a goal inside the first five minutes before blowing a 2-1 lead of their own and losing to FC Dallas, 4-2. The loss keeps the Revs from hopping over D.C. United for the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference, while FCD have reclaimed the top spot in the Western Conference, two points clear of the Colorado Rapids, who play later on Saturday.

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Three Four Five moments that mattered

2′ — Shuttleworth takes Barrios down, Tesho converts the PK — Bobby Shuttleworth was very nearly sent off with fewer than 120 seconds on the clock. If Barrios’s first touch is to the inside, it might have been red.

23′ — Agudelo’s heads home from a free kick — Lee Nguyen served the free kick into the box, and Agudelo duly bagged his third goal in his last four games. Is it finally happening?

26′ — Nguyen gets kicked in the box, converts the PK — No penalty kick controversy for Kei Kamara this time. Nguyen earned the spot kick, and Nguyen took the spot kick.

36′ — Harris heads off/past Shuttleworth for 2-2 — Shuttleworth got his hand all over this header by Atiba Harris, but couldn’t keep from crossing the goal line.

70′ — Castillo gets in behind, finishes for 3-2 — Don’t let Fabian Castillo get in behind with a through ball played ahead of him. Just don’t do it.

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Man of the match: Tesho Akindele

Goalscorers: Akindele (4′ – PK, 90′), Agudelo (23′), Nguyen (26′ – PK), Harris (36′), Castillo (70′)