Soccer

Revolution exercise options on Cristian Penilla and Luis Caicedo

Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco (10) and New England Revolution forward Cristian Penilla (70) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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Cristian Penilla (right) was the team MVP this season.

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The Revolution decided to exercise permanent transfer options on midfielder Luis Caicedo and forward Cristian Penilla for the 2019 season.

Both players came to the Revolution this season on loan, Penilla from Mexican club Pachuca and Caicedo from Columbian club Cortulua. They were major parts in first-year coach Brad Friedel’s lineup.

In his first season in MLS, Penilla scored a team-best 12 goals and was team MVP.

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Caicedo, 22, appeared in 30 games and was a key cog in the high-press defensive system while also getting involved offensively, tallying a goal and four assists.

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“This year both Penilla and Caicedo were impactful players on the field for us and we felt it was important to exercise both players’ permanent transfer options at the start of the offseason,” said Revolution general manager Michael Burns.

“We look forward to seeing both players continue to grow and contribute to the team’s success moving forward.”

Dan Shulman can be reached at dan.shulman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielRShulman.