With Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo penciled in to be the day-one starters, the New England Revolution don’t really have to worry about their front line. Regardless, we decided to track down Dimitry Imbongo and ponder if the team could use his services.
Career with the Revolution
Imbongo joined the Revs in July 2012 after a successful trial. The French striker came up through TSV 1860 Munich’s system, moving from youth sides to the reserve team. Imbongo amassed six goals and three assists in 25 appearances during 2010-11 season before moving stateside.
Imbongo played in nine games during his first half-season with the Revs. His lone tally during these 382 minutes was an important one, as the Frenchman scored a game-winner against Columbus Crew SC on Sept. 5.
Imbongo played a more central role in his second season with the Revs, as he made 21 appearances, including 11 starts. He would ultimately finish the season with three goals and four assists.
Imbongo fell down the depth chart in 2014 and only made two appearances. That season would be Imbongo’s last in Revolution colors.
Where is he now?
Imbongo returned to Europe in 2015, signing with Austrian club Kapfenberger SV. Here he made 26 appearances, scoring five goals. Imbongo moved elsewhere in Austria in 2016, signing with LASK Linz. So far he has scored five goals, including three in his last five outings.
Do the Revs miss him?
I think so.
Last week I said the Revs miss Jeremy Hall, but that answer was greatly influenced by the team’s lack of defenders. This week I legitimately think the Revs miss Imbongo, or at least a player like him.
Kamara and Agudelo are going to be the team’s starting strikers and I have no issue with that. I do, however, have an issue with team’s lack of depth. With Femi Hollinger-Janzen now with Minnesota United FC, the Revs’ main threat off the bench is Teal Bunbury, who’s probably best used as a target winger.
Having a player like Imbongo, who has impressive size and energy, would enhance the Revs’ attack. Sure, Imbongo was a bit too physical, but I believe that this perception of him was overblown at times.
The Revs still have time to add a striker or two—as well as several defenders—and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to go after someone in the mold of Imbongo.