The Revolution’s roster continues to take shape under new coach Brad Friedel, as the club signed Ecuadorian forward/midfielder Cristian Penilla on loan from the Mexican club Pachuca, with an option for a permanent transfer after the 2018 season.
“We believe Cristian is a player with the ability to immediately compete for a significant role in New England,” said Revoluntion general manager Michael Burns. “His wealth of experience at a highly competitive level makes us feel Cristian will be a great asset to the club’s attack as we begin the 2018 season.”
The 26-year-old Penilla has more than 200 caps in eight years of professional soccer, most recently with Brazilian Serie A team Chapecoense. He spent the first five years of his career playing in Ecuador, beginning his youth career with Club Deportivo Espoli before being called up to the senior roster.
After two seasons playing for the parent club, the 5-foot-9-inch Penilla broke into the Ecuadorian top flight, spending a year with Deportivo Quito and two with Barcelona SC.
He signed with Pachuca in 2015 and has been with the club ever since, spending loan periods with Barcelona SC, Morelia, and Chapecoense.
Penilla has also logged two appearences with the Ecuadorian national team, scoring one goal in two friendlies in the United States in 2014. In his career, Penilla has logged 33 goals for club and country.
Penilla will look to contribute to a Revolution team trying to end a two-year playoff drought.