The New England Revolution have announced this afternoon that they've acquired 22-year-old French striker Dimitry Imbongo on a free transfer from German side TSV 1860 Munich. Imbongo will be officially added to the team pending the receipt of his U.S. P-1 Visa, and will count as an international player on the team's roster. Per league and club policies, further contract details were not disclosed.
"Dimitry will give us another option up front and provide us with more depth in our attack," General Manager Michael Burns said. "When he was in training with us last month, he fit in well with our players and now we're looking forward to his arrival back to Foxboro this time on a permanent basis."
Imbongo came up through the youth system at 1860 Munich, eventually making it to the reserve team where he managed various appearances through his first four seasons. Most recently, Imbongo played the 2011-12 season on loan to lower-division German club SV Darmstadt 98 where he had 13 appearances and tallied 2 assists.
For the Revs, this transfer adds even more depth to their corps of forwards which currently consists of Saer Sene, Jerry Bengtson, Jose Moreno, Blake Brettschneider, and Diego Fagundez. For a team that started the 2012 pre-season with only Fagundez and Zack Schilawski as their options up top, that's not too shabby.
But still, one has to wonder if there is a bigger plan in motion for Jay Heaps and his staff. Imbongo is still relatively inexperienced, and of course young, so one could see this move as more of a plan for the future rather than an acquisition expected to immediately help the Revolution. However, the addition also creates more competition for minutes amongst a group of forwards that's had its fair share of struggles finishing chances in front of goal.
The other possibility to contemplate is that the Revolution are gearing up for some kind of trade, one that might allow them to add some depth at defense which they certainly could use at this stage in the game. Along those lines, one could also make the argument that someone's days are numbered in Foxboro. But, we'll leave it to you, the fans, to speculate about any of that (and if you do, feel free to do so in the comments section below!).
Full name: Dimitry Imbongo Boele
Pronunciation: dim-EE-tree im-BONG-go
Date of Birth: March 28, 1990 (Kinshasa, Congo)
Hometown: Kinshasa, Congo
Previous Club: 1860 Munich II (GER)
Jersey Number: 92
What do you think of the Revs' most recent move? Is Imbongo a plan for the future or an addition expected to help out right away? Will he and Sene form a dangerous French-speaking partnership up top for the Revs? Let us know in the comments below!