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Over the past five months, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has showed a tremendous amount of patience with Edgar Castillo. Despite numerous poor performances by the left-back, Klinsmann has continued to call Castillo up and continued to give him minutes.
While Castillo usually makes his money going forward on the attack, that element of his game was severely lacking in the first half Tuesday. His lack of attacking prowess only made his defending weaknesses more evident as he was repeatedly caught out of position and coughed up possession in dangerous areas on the pitch.
Castillo’s mistakes in the back led to no less than four Panamanian chances in the first half alone, including the opening goal.
In the second half, however, Castillo looked to be a difference person, being involved in many of the Americans' most dangerous attacks. He was much better in the buildup play, found Terrence Boyd on the back post late in the match with a nice service and got the “hockey assist” on Graham Zusi’s goal.
He also played a ball off the line saving a goal when Brad Guzan was beaten earlier in the half.
It remains to be seen whether or not Castillo ends up on the World Cup roster, but he certainly needs to be much, much more consistent.