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Zorros go local, sign U23s midfielder Diego Casillas

By Fresno FC, 03/06/19, 3:30PM PST

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Casillas, 24, is the second Fresno FC U23s player signed to the senior team.

FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno Football Club announced Wednesday it has signed local player Diego Casillas for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. 

The 24-year-old midfielder/defender brings speed to the Foxes wings after having spent the four seasons at the USL League Two level with the Fresno FC U23s (2018) and Fresno Fuego (2015-17). Casillas is the second Fresno FC U23s player to be signed to the senior team, following Elijah Martin's signing last month.

“It’s a great feeling to have earned my first professional contract, especially here at home in the Valley,” Casillas said. “This is very special to me and I want to thank Fresno FC for the opportunity to pursue my dreams.” 

“Diego is a local player that kept knocking on the door and we’re happy to see him finally break through and join our USL side,” said head coach Adam Smith. “He’s done well every single time he’s been called in with our U23s and as a trialist at the end of last season and this preseason. He’s a player that has an extremely big heart and his attitude towards advancing his game will continue to carry him forward.”

A former standout at Monache High School in Porterville, Casillas played two years at Taft College and then two years for the CSU San Bernardino Coyote’s men’s soccer program. He scored a team-high seven goals during his senior year. In 2018, Casillas played in all 13 matches for the Fresno FC U23s, leading the club in minutes played (904), shots on goal (22), and goals scored (4).

Casillas is the fifth local player signed by Fresno FC for the 2019 season, joining Renato, Christian Chaney, Milton Blanco and Martin on the roster. 

Fresno FC official kicks off the USL Championship regular season this Saturday, March 9 at New Mexico United. The Foxes open at home on March 23 against Reno 1868 FC. Tickets for the full 2019 Season and single games are available now at 559-320-2525 or by visiting FresnoFC.com.