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New England Revolution linked with Colombian striker Juan Fernando Caicedo

The New England Revolution are linked with Colombian striker Juan Fernando Caicedo. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

The New England Revolution is reportedly in the process of acquiring Colombian striker Juan Fernando Caicedo this week.

A report in Futbolete, a Colombian soccer news site, said Caicedo allowed his contract with Deportivo Independiente Medellín to expire and was en route to Boston on Monday for his medical.

The Revolution do not comment on transfer rumors. Revs general manager Mike Burns has been on scouting trips throughout the fall and winter, one of which was in Colombia, a source told Pro Soccer USA.

Caicedo, 29, has spent most of his career in Colombia. He started with Cortuluá, where he stayed for the entire 2010 season, before moving on to Deportes Quindío (2011-2012), Argentina’s Independiente (2013-2014) and then back to Colombia with Independiente Medellín. Caicedo went on two loan stints during his time in Medellín, first to Santa Fe and then to Atlético Huila.

He’s made a few Revolution connections on the way, too: He played with former Revs midfielder Fernando Cardenas at Santa Fe and former Revs defender John Lozano at Atlético Huila; his coach at Independiente Medellín in 2015 was Leonel Alvarez, who played in New England’s midfield from 1999 to 2001.

Should the Revolution sign Caicedo, they’ll immediately add to their offensive depth. Teal Bunbury is the team’s best true striker, with third-year player Brian Wright still very much on the fringes. 

Caicedo has 21 goals and six assists in 53 career matches. He scored 11 goals across all competitions in 2018.

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