Monday, the New England Revolution signed 23 year-old former Dutch youth international Geoffrey Castillion. Castillion last played for NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch Eredivisie, appearing in nine games while on loan to the club from Ajax, scoring twice. Castillion will wear the No. 39 shirt.
A native of Amsterdam, Castillion is a product of the Ajax Youth Academy and made his first team debut for the club under manager Frank De Boer in March 2011. He spent the 2011-12 Eredivisie on loan with RKC Waalwijk, scoring seven times in 33 games in all competitions. Castillion went on loan again the following year, staying in the Eredivisie with Heracles Almelo. He scored four times in 33 appearances for the club’s first team while adding 13 goals in just 12 appearances for the Heracles reserves.
Castillion split his time last season between the Ajax reserves and NEC in the Eredivisie. He spent the first half of the season with Ajax, making six appearances with the reserves, scoring once before joining NEC on loan in January 2014. He scored twice in seven league appearances for NEC, debuting as a second half substitute on January 19 against ADO Den Haag, while also making a pair of substitute appearances in the quarterfinals and the semifinals of the Dutch Cup.
Castillion also represented the country internationally at the U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels. He was a member of the Dutch team that reached the semifinals of the 2008 UEFA Under-17 Championship, scoring two of the four goals that the Netherlands scored in the competition.
“Geoffrey is a big, strong target forward with several years of experience in the Dutch first division,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “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.”