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Ex-Rev Kinne Joins CFC Azul

Ryan Kinne dribbles the ball during training last summer (Photo: Chris Aduama/

Sometimes, you can go back home. Just ask former Revolution midfielder/forward Ryan Kinne.

On Tuesday, the Naugatuck, Conn. native joined CFC Azul for the upcoming PDL season with the hopes of returning to the professional ranks.

“Ryan has pace, skill, and determination. He is a winner, and a great signing for the club,” said Azul head coach David Kelly said in a statement. “Like a few others that will be playing for the Azul this summer, this is just a stepping-stone in his career.”

Kinne played in one game for the Revolution in 2011, coming on as a subsitute in the final minute of the team’s 2-1 win over D.C. He played 10 games for the team’s reserves.

The Revolution re-signed Kinne during the offseason, but he was among the team’s final cuts after the preseason concluded.

Now, Kinne returns to his home state in an effort to relaunch his promising career.

“It’s nice to see professional soccer making a comeback in Connecticut,” Kinne said in a statement. “I am excited to be part of the inaugural season for Azul and am looking forward to making it a very successful one.”

Meanwhile, Kelly is optimistic that the native son will cash in on the opportunity to re-start his playing career an Azul uniform.

“I have known Ryan since he was 10 years old,” Kelly said. “We’re happy he’s decided to play for us this summer; and we will be proud when he moves on to bigger and better things… which he no doubt will.”

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