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Revolution Sign Two New Defenders

New England shores up their depth in central defense with the signings of an MLS veteran and SuperDraft pick.

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The New England Revolution announced earlier today that they have signed trialist Jalil Anibaba and fourth round draft-pick Nicolas Samayoa.

The pair of defender’s have been with the Revolution since the start of preseason, certainly impressing Brad Friedel and the rest of the coaching staff. Both Anibaba and Samayoa operate primarily from the central of defense, where they’ll likely compete against each other to be the third-choice center-back.

Anibaba, 29, is a seven-year veteran of the MLS, where he’s racked up 171 appearances so far since being drafted by the Chicago Fire ninth overall in 2011. Before his professional career, the played collegiate soccer for Santa Clara and the University of North Carolina.

Samayoa, 22, was the Revolution’s 78th-overall pick this past off-season. A dual citizen of Guatemala and the United States, Samayoa played for Florida Gulf Coast in college. Samayoa made two first-team selections for the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region his senior year and the Atlantic Sun Conference as a junior.

With both players playing over 100 minutes in preseason, Revolution fans can expect to see Anibaba and Samayoa fighting it out for playing time.