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New England continue to add depth

Posted on 04 March 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution have signed 18 year old Nigerian midfielder Michael Augustine, according to a team press release.

Augustine, along with additional international signings Ousmane Dabo and Franco Coria, joins the team for the final leg of preseason training in the Atlanta, Georgia area as the Revolution prepare to face MLS opponents for just the second time this spring.   Augustine will occupy the teams eighth international roster spot, once all his paper work is finished.

This signing is the team’s fifth international signing this year, representing a very busy offseason for the Revs.  Earlier this winter, the Revolution announced the signings of Didier Domi, Ousmane Dabo, and Franco Coria. The fifth international signed was homegrown academy player Diego Fagundez, who lives in Leominster, Massachusetts, but is a citizen of Uruguay. The other three internationals are 4 year veteran Sainey Nyassi, and Marko Perovic and Ilija Stolica, both of whom signed with the team last year.

The signing of Augustine also marks the fifth straight year the Revolution have signed a player from Africa.  In 2007 the Revs signed Kenny Mansally and Sainey Nyassi, followed by Kheli Dube in 2008, Stephane Assenge and Emmanuel Osei in 2009, and Joseph Niouky in 2010.  Only Mansally, Nyassi, and Dube are currently on the team.

Augustine, a member of the team that won Nigeria’s FA Youth Cup,  scored 18 goals for FCT Abuja since joining the first team in 2008, and helped the squad gain promotion to the Nigerian Premier League in 2009.

“Michael is a young midfielder who we believe can have a promising future in our league,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “He has pace and will add to the depth we have in the midfield this season.”

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