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New England Revolution roster changes include new signings, international spot

Jan 31, 2018; Bradenton, FL, USA; New England Revolution defender Claude Dielna heads the ball in the first half against the New York Red Bulls at IMG Academy. (Jonathan Dyer/USA TODAY Sports)

New England kept busy the last couple days.

The Revolution signed four players in two days and also announced Saturday an international roster spot opened up because Slovenian defender Antonio Delamea received his green card. 

Now the club has five internationals on the roster — Claude Dielna and Wilfried Zahibo (France), Krisztián Németh (Hungary), Cristian Penilla (Ecuador) and Gabriel Somi (Sweden) — and two available international spots.

MLS teams get eight international roster spots, but the Revs traded one to the Columbus Crew through 2018 in order to get Németh in August.

Delamea, a 26-year-old centerback, missed a week of preseason camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to complete required paperwork in Slovenia. He rejoined his teammates in Foxborough ahead of their trip to Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday.

“[Delamea] will have lost a little bit, but he also had a program when he went back to do his green card,” Revs coach Brad Friedel said. “Shouldn’t be too far behind, if at all.”

Also Saturday, the club signed 2018 MLS SuperDraft picks Brandon Bye (Western Michigan) and Mark Segbers (Wisconsin). They were first-round picks selected eight and ninth overall, respectively.

A day earlier, the Revs signed their fourth-round draft pick, Nicolas Samayoa (Florida Gulf Coast University), who holds dual citizenship in the United States and Guatemala. They also signed longtime MLS centerback Jalil Anibaba, 29. Anibaba previously played for the Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City and, most recently, the Houston Dynamo. He has five goals and 12 assists in 172 total MLS appearances since joining the league in 2011.

All four new signees played in preseason exhibition matches during the team’s trip to Florida.

Bye played 120 minutes in three appearances and scored an equalizer against FC Cincinnati. Segbers, having recovered from a preseason injury, played the final 16 minutes against Cincinnati Feb. 6. Anibaba logged 176 minutes total during the trip, including a 90-minute performance against Swedish side Malmö FF, while Samayoa saw 165 minutes of action.

New England plays FC Dallas on Wednesday in Arizona, followed by matches against San Antonio FC of the United Soccer League and Sporting Kansas City on Feb. 17 and 21, respectively. 

The Revs kick off the 2018 MLS season on the road against the Philadelphia Union at 7 p.m. March 3.

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