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Revolution preseason camp: enter Belgium national teamer

Posted by Julian Cardillo  February 16, 2014 05:58 PM

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A look at Marvin Ogunjimi's goals

The Revolution are looking to fill the void left by Juan Agudelo's off-season departure to Europe. They are using preseason as a chance to trial and vet possible replacements.

The latest striker to earn a glance from head coach Jay Heaps and the Revolution coaching staff is Marvin Ogunjimi, 26, a Belgian national team player who is on contract with Spain's Mallorca but has spent the last three years on loan.

Ogunjimi hasn't played for his national team, which is a favorite to do well in this summer's World Cup, since the qualification stages of Euro 2012. But he has bounced around with a few known clubs in central Europe.

He began is career with Genk, notching 30 goals in 84 games. Next came a loan spell in the Netherlands before transferring to Mallorca on a permanent basis. He's only made seven appearances for the Spain Isle-based club, going on loan three separate times to Standard Liege, Beerschot, and Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

Consistent play has eluded Ogunjimi, who might find a home in MLS with New England.

Last season, the Revolution signed Jose Goncalves, who bounced around Europe throughout his twenties, playing for nine clubs over a 10-year period.

Goncalves went on to do well in MLS, being named the league Defender of the Year and the Revolution's club captain. A similar trajectory won't be out of the question for Ogunjimi if he makes a good impression during camp.

Agudelo's skills, which include hold-up play, creativity, and good positioning, are in demand as the Revolution continue their preseason preparations in Tucson, Ariz. The club has already looked at forwards Evan Melo, Marko Perovic, plus unsigned college draft pick Pierre Omanga.

General Manager Mike Burns told that he won't rush signing a player despite the need to fill voids.

“Part of the reason why he haven’t made any signings yet is that we’re being really specific in the areas of the field where we’re trying to acquire new players,” Burns said. “I don’t want to say we’re being overly selective, but we’re looking for attackers. We’re looking for forwards.”

“We have plenty of time during the primary window to get a player signed,” Burns said, “and we’re going to use it.”

That window lasts until May 6. After that, the Revolution will have to wait for the summer transfer window.

Roma triple submerges Sampdoria

It's fitting that a guy whose last name is Destro, meaning right hand or foot in Italian, scores with his right foot.

Mattia Destro scored twice to put Roma past Sampdoria 3-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on Sunday. His first goal was a looping header off a corner kick. His second was a right-footed "destrino" drive from the six-yard box off a feed from Gervinho.

Bosnia-Herzegovina roadrunner Miralem Pjanic had a goal sandwiched in between Destro's brace, a line-drive freekick that flew into the lower left corner of the net.

Destro's second goal of the game, his sixth of the season, made him Roma's leading scorer on the year. That's surprising, considering he's only started six games. He started today in place of injured captain Francesco Totti (muscle strain).

Juventus also won on Saturday, which means Roma are nine points behind first place. Roma, who are owned by Boston Celtics shareholder James Pallotta, have one game in hand on the Serie A leaders.

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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