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Revs Land their First DP

Nearly five years after the Designated Player Allocation rule was introduced, the Revolution signed their first-ever Designated Player on Tuesday with the addition of 22-year-old Argentinian forward Milton Caraglio.

The 6-2, 195 lbs. striker, who played at Rosario Central from 2007 through 2011, scored 11 goals in 49 games for the club while it played in Primera Division until it was relegated after the 2009-10 season.

“He’s an exciting player,” Revolution head coach Steve Nicol said. “He has a good touch and likes to get forward. We’re looking for Milton to get involved in our goal-scoring, both with him scoring goals and helping get his teammates involved.”

During his time at Rosario, Caraglio reportedly received interest from “several” Serie A (Italy) teams, and received an extended trial from West Ham United in July 2010. On July 28th, he made his West Ham debut in a 2-0 preseason victory over MK Dons. But, the lingering effects of a significant knee injury suffered during the 2009-10 season reportedly kept the English side from signing Caraglio to a contract.

Nevertheless, Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns was “pleased” to add a much-needed attacking player to a Revolution side that’s currently tied with Chicago for last in the league in goals scored (20).

“He is a talented player who has played against some of South America’s best competition,” said Burns. “We’re looking forward to getting him integrated into our squad as soon as possible.”

Caraglio is expected to join the team for training on Thursday, and will be officially added to the roster once he receives his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Upon receipt of his ITC, he will occupy one of the team’s eight international roster sports.

Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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