Less than 24 hours after acquiring the summer’s most vaunted free agent, the New England Revolution added another weapon to their arsenal by acquiring Dutch striker Geoffrey Castillion via free transfer on Monday.
Castillion, who came up through the famed Ajax Youth Academy, was acquired by the club a day after they added U.S. Men’s National Team regular Jermaine Jones. The 23-year-old forward was most recently on loan to Dutch Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen from Ajax. He will be officially added to the roster upon receipt of his P1-Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
“Geoffrey is a big, strong target forward with several years of experience in the Dutch first division,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a club release on Monday. “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.”
The 6-3, 170 lbs. striker comes to Foxborough following a season in which he split time with Ajax’s reserves and NEC Nijmegen. During the first half of the 2013-14 season, he played in six contests for the Ajax reserves and tallied once before he was loaned to Nijmegen for the latter half of the season. Once there, he scored twice in nine appearances across all competitions, including the Dutch Cup quarterfinals and semifinals.
Castillion kicked off his pro career in March 2011 with Ajax, and was subsequently loaned to Eredivisie side RKC Waalwijk the following season. He scored seven times in 33 matches for Waalwijk, who finished ninth in their first season following their promotion from Eerste Divisie.
The striker’s stay with the fledgling side proved to be a short one, though, as he was loaned to Heracles Almelo for the 2012-13 season. In 33 appearances, he collected four goals for the club’s first team, but amassed 13 goals in 12 games for the club’s reserves during the same season.
In addition to his club career, Castillion has also featured with the Netherlands at the youth international level. He was a member of the Dutch side that advanced to the semifinals of the 2008 UEFA Youth U-17 championship, a tournament in which he scored two goals for his country.
Castillion will occupy an international roster spot, and will wear number 39.