OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton men’s soccer player Sergio Castillo was selected by the Houston Dynamo in the second round of the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft Tuesday afternoon. Castillo was the 25th player taken in Tuesday’s draft.
“Sergio was a heart and soul type of guy for our team,” said Creighton head coach Jamie Clark. “He’s not a big statistics type of player and those guys tend to get overlooked, so it’s nice when teams take notice of guys like this. It’s something that is definitely well deserved for Sergio.”
Castillo’s selection extends Creighton’s impressive streak of being the only college program in the country to have at least one player selected in every draft since the league’s inception in 1996.
“It’s our hope that we produce players of a professional caliber every year,” said Clark. “And now, for 16 straight years, we can say that we have produced some of the top players in the nation.”
Castillo, who was born in Guerrero, Mexico and attended Orange Glen High School in Escondido, Calif., was a four-year starter at Creighton. The defensive midfielder started 59 of his 71 career games for the Bluejays, logging three goals and seven points. He was twice named to the Missouri Valley Conference second-team (2008, 2010) and twice earned MVC All-Tournament honors (2007, 2009).
He scored Creighton’s final goal of the 2010 season, a late go-ahead tally at seventh-ranked SMU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Castillo helped Creighton log 36 shutouts over the past four seasons, including a school-record 13 clean sheets during his sophomore season in 2008. The Bluejays ranked second in the NCAA with a 0.48 goals against average in 2008.
Castillo is the 25th Creighton player drafted into MLS, following Seth Sinovic and Chris Schuler’s selections last year. Castillo is the sixth Bluejay ever selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft and the first since Tim Bohnenkamp in 2008. He is the first Bluejay ever drafted by the Houston Dynamo.
Creighton finished the 2010 season ranked 14th in the final NSCAA poll after completing a 13-5-2 season in which it appeared in its 18th NCAA Tournament in the past 19 years and captured its MVC-record 10th regular-season conference title.
All-Time Creighton MLS Draft Picks
Brian Kamler - 1996 Sixth Round
(60th overall) by D.C. United
Lance Hill - 1996 11th Round
(102nd overall) by Colorado Rapids
Ross Paule - 1997 Second Round
(11th overall) by Colorado Rapids
Johnny Torres - 1998 First Round
(5th overall) by New England Revolution
Richard Mulrooney - 1999 First Round
(3rd overall) by the San Jose Clash
Steve Bernal - 2000 Third Round
(34th overall) by Dallas Burn