Meet The Team: Midfielder Omar Castro
February 15, 2019
This is part of our series where we reach out to Lansing Ignite players and coaches in an effort to get to know them before the season starts. Today we talk to Midfielder Omar Castro. Omar is a former member of the US U17 National Team. He has also played in several spots across Germany.
Westen Shelton: What position do you play, and how would you describe the way you play? What do you think The Assembly Line will enjoy most about the way you play?
Omar Castro: My preferred position I play is a holding mid or, as we say in the soccer world, the No. 6 position. I’m a technical player, and I would say my style of play is a Spanish style of play, meaning keeping possession of the ball and recognizing space and opportunity to move forward, as well as redirecting the attack.
I think what The Assembly Line will enjoy about the way I play is my ability to keep possession, as well as my defensive side of the game. I’d like to say I like to work hard for the team and push myself to my maximum every match.
WS: I know you’ve been in Germany for quite a few years. Can you tell me a little about what it was like over there, and why you decided to come back to America to play for Ignite?
OC: Moving to Germany, I feel like it was a great way to start my career as a soccer player. Everyone is very competitive, and in every training, you come to prove why you deserve to play on the weekend. Germany has really taught me the technical, physical, tactical and mental sides to the game and has made me the player that I am today. I’ve had a lot of opportunities in many different countries, but I feel like Lansing Ignite, for me, is the best opportunity for me to show and prove the type of player I am and as well for my development on the soccer field.
WS: What has your experience playing for some of the US Youth national teams you have been on, been like?
OC: Getting a youth national team call-up has always been an honor. It was a great opportunity and a great experience to represent my nation. I feel like I’ve learned a lot on the way, with the coaches in the U.S. national team system.
WS: Last year it looks like you ended up as a trialist with the Chicago Fire. Can you tell me a little about that experience? What are you hoping to work on this year to get yourself up to that MLS level?
OC: Yes, I was a trialist with Chicago Fire. Arriving back from Germany and getting to know everything about the German soccer culture and the next thing I know, I’m sharing the field with German legend Bastian Schweinsteiger. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from not only Schweinsteiger, but as well as from the whole squad and coaching staff at Chicago Fire – to hold a high measure of professionalism day in and day out.
So my goal is to enjoy my soccer and do the best I possibly can, and whatever opportunity comes after that, comes from hard work. I will take it step by step.
WS: What was your favorite moment you ever had on a soccer field?
OC: So, I have two favorite moments. My first favorite moment was to be a part of the first team for an official 2. Bundesliga league match vs VFL Bochum. Seeing and experiencing it was just an awesome feeling. I had chills and was full of nerves. It really was an eye-opener for me.
My second favorite moment was playing in a in my first ever Derby vs Hannover 96 U23. Anyone who has ever seen a derby will know what I mean, but if you haven’t, I would courage anyone to go feel it.
WS: What hobbies do you have when you aren’t playing soccer?
OC: Spending time with family and friends, helping the youth in my community, checking out local coffee shops, bike riding and jogging.
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