The Revolution bolstered its attacking unit Thursday morning by procuring the signature of Colombian striker Juan Fernando Caicedo, the club has announced. As per club policy, financial terms of the contract were not revealed, but it is expected New England will use Targeted Allocation Money or a Designated Player slot when it receives his International Transfer Certificate and his P-1 Visa.
The 29-year-old Caicedo comes to Route 1 on loan — much in the same way Cristian Penilla arrived in January 2018, the Revs will have an option to buy his contract following the 2019 season — after spending the last four seasons with Deportivo Independiente Mendelin of the Categoria Primera A, the top level of Colombian football. In that time, he scored 42 goals in 150 appearances for Independiente, including a career-high 17 in 2015.
He also scored twice during his time with Argentina’s Independiente of Buenos Aires from 2013-14, before two separate loan stints with Santa Fe of Bogota and with Atlectico Huila of Neiva, Colombia. In Neiva, Caicedo scored 14 goals in 21 appearances with the Green and Gold.
Prior to his stint in Argentina, Juan Caicedo began his professional career with Cortulua — the club from which Luis Caicedo came to New England in 2018 — where he scored a goal in eight appearances in 2010. He then spent 2011 and 2012 with Deportivo Quindio in the Primera A, scoring 19 goals in 42 appearances.
“We have been closely tracking Juan over the last several months and have had the pleasure of seeing him play live multiple times. Juan brings a wealth of experience in top-flight competition and will add a new dimension to our attack,” general manager Michael Burns said in a club statement.
All told, he brings 89 career goals in all competitions to Foxborough.