RICHMOND, Va. – Former VCU star defender Dennis Castillo was selected 37th overall, the 17th pick in the second round, by the Colorado Rapids Thursday in the MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore.

Castillo is the third Ram in four years to hear his name called on MLS draft day. He joins Jason Johnson (13th overall, Houston Dynamo, 2013) and Kharlton Belmar (34th overall, Portland Timbers, 2015) in an exclusive club of recent VCU Soccer draftees. Another former Ram, Andrew Dykstra, re-signed with D.C. United this week.
"We are all very excited for Dennis as he begins the next step in his soccer career," said VCU Coach Dave Giffard. "He's worked hard to put himself in a position where he could have his named called today. This is just the beginning of his journey into professional soccer, but it's one that I know he is well prepared for."
The San Jose, Costa Rica native recently competed in the MLS Player Combine Jan. 7-12 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The 2015 Atlantic 10 Conference's Defensive Player of the Year, Castillo is a four-time All-Conference selection and a three-time All-Region honoree. A member of Costa Rica's national team, Castillo spent last summer with the Portland Timbers U23 squad, and was named the league's top defender.

He scored three goals this year and finished with illustrious VCU tenure with 17 goals and 36 points. Castillo netted six game-winners as a Ram, including one this season.