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Revolution add Kobayashi, Sanchez

Posted by Julian Cardillo  February 26, 2014 06:51 PM

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BOSTON- The New England Revolution added depth on Wednesday by signing midfielder Daigo Kobayashi and defender Jossimar Sanchez.

Kobayashi, 31, is was acquired from the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2016 Superdraft. Meanwhile Sanchez was added as an un-signed pick out of the University of Connecticut.

The terms of both deals were not disclosed, though Kobayashi did sign a new MLS contract.

Kobayashi is a midfielder from Japan who has experience playing in his homeland, Norway, Greece, and most recently the US. He joined the Revolution on trial last week and played one half of a 0-0 preseason tie against Real Salt Lake. He also has one appearance with the Japanese national team.

“Daigo is a technically-gifted player who fits into our system well,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a statement. “He assimilated well with our club when he was in Tucson with us, and we are looking forward to his return to the club soon.

Sanchez, 22, was the fourth overall pick in last year's Supplemental Draft. He was unable to train with the Revolution for most of last year because of a leg injury, but did practice with the club toward the end of the season. He so far has 207 minutes in preseason, all of which have been played at outside back.

“Jossimar is a young player who will provide depth for us,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “He worked hard to return to full fitness after his injury in college, so we’re pleased he’s earned a spot on our roster this year."

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