Is Castillo the answer at left back?
U.S. Soccer Federation president
A poor outing at left back by
It won't be before October that Castillo might get a call-up. But he has made a case for getting his shot by playing well for Tigres in Mexico's First Division since moving on loan from Club América this summer and being reunited with coach
Castillo had a shot at playing for the Mexican national team in World Cup qualifying -- which would have precluded his ever playing for the U.S. -- but he lost his passport and never made it to Honduras for the 3-1 loss that cost
Bradley has used
Whom Bradley uses on Wednesday against Trinidad and Tobago remains to be seen. With
Left back has been a problem spot on the U.S. national team for more almost a decade. Naturalized Frenchman
What makes the left-back job increasingly tricky in the U.S. scheme -- and why Bradley would be very reluctant to try Castillo there during qualifying -- is that
The switch gives Donovan more opportunities to see the ball and take on defenders. Against El Salvador, he was given plenty of freedom to move forward -- he set up both goals in the 2-1 U.S. win with pinpoint passes -- but it put enormous pressure on Bornstein to man the left side with help from midfielders
Whoever is at left back -- Bornstein, Bocanegra or perhaps Castillo -- will have plenty of responsibility, and raises the question of if and when the New Mexico product, who moved to Mexico as a teenager and represented Mexico at the under-23 level, will get a shot.