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Brazilian CB Silva on Trial w/ Revs

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The New England Revolution invited Brazilian center back Renato Silva for a trial this week as the club looks to improve its defensive depth.

Silva, 31, has spent the bulk of his career in the Brazilian first division playing for Flamengo (2005-2006), Fluminense (2007), and Vasco da Gama (2011-20014). He most recently played for Santa Cruz before his contract expired in Nov. 2014.

The Revolution currently have six pure defenders on the roster. They lost two center backs – A.J. Soares and Stephen McCarthy – during the offseason.

During last month’s Season Ticket Holder Welcome Event, Revolution general manager Michael Burns told the audience that the club was looking to add a defender with two open roster spots at its disposal.

Should Silva, who’s listed at 6-0, 176 lbs., signed with the Revolution, he would occupy an international roster spot. The Revolution traded one such spot to Vancouver last week for allocation money.

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