New England Soccer Today

Ex-Rev Cancela Scores Golazo

Jose Cancela celebrates his stunning goal on Sunday. (Photo: Deportivo Saprissa)

Former New England Revolution star, Jose “Pepe” Cancela may have turned 36 over the summer, but his offensive exploits have shown no signs of slowing down.

The attacking midfielder, who earned a spot on New England Soccer Today’s Revolution All-Time Best XI two years ago, has scored five goals so far this year — good enough for 9th in Costa Rica’s Primera División – in addition to five assists for his new club Deportivo Saprissa, despite playing just ten of 15 games due to injury. Cancela was also among the top 10 scorers in Costa Rica last season.

Cancela’s best goal this season came on Sunday with a 39th minute stunning volley from 30 yards out to open the scoring in a crucial 2-1 victory over Puntarenas that saw Saprissa (8-4-3, 27 points) move into second place in the Primera División, one point behind leaders Deportiva Alajuelense.

Cancela, a Uruguay native, had 27 assists and six goals in 84 regular season games from 2003-06 for the Revolution.

Here’s Cancela’s goal from Sunday, which was ranked number three on ESPN International’s Top 10 plays from around the world:


  1. Jim

    October 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Unreal. Pepe was so underutilized & underrated. He was such a spark off the bench.

    You mean to tell me that the Costa Rican PL is so far below the MLS that Pepe still couldn’t help the Revs? Apparently so. Didn’t they lose him in the expansion draft to Toronto? Or didn’t he somehow end up in Colorado? poor guy.

    • Sean Donahue

      October 22, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      It is amazing to look back and see Khano Smith, but not Cancela protected in that expansion draft, especially with Dempsey on the way out (though obviously there were other factors at the time to be considered). Stuff like this was certainly underappreciated:

  2. Jim

    October 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Ugh. Now I’m mad. I think it was Pepe’s:

    -continuing decline in pace
    That saw him go, but mainly I just don’t think he meshed with Nicol’s style. Nothing against Stevie, but he did not appreciate the Hispanic style of play. It just didn’t jive w his plans. I think that’s why he got rid of the other Hispanic forward as well… Last name began with a C… Not Arce but the other guy. I can’t remember

  3. Jim

    October 22, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Alex Pineda Chacon! That’s it. I can hear the FIFA ’03 announcers saying it now

    • Sean Donahue

      October 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      I’d say you’re spot on, although his play over the last several years has shown age shouldn’t have been an issue.

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