Antonio Mlinar Delamea
HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Olimpija Ljubljana on January 25, 2017.
The former captain of Olimpija, Delamea fills an obvious need for the Revs heading into the 2017 season. He should provide a calm presence along the backline for New England and should be a starting center back from Day 1.
INTERNATIONAL: The Celje, Slovenia native made his senior international debut for the Slovenia National Team on Nov. 14, 2016, appearing as a halftime substitute in a friendly against Poland. Prior to making his senior national team debut, Delamea represented Slovenia at various youth levels, including eight appearances for the Under-21 squad and six appearances with the Under-19s.
OUTSIDE MLS: Delamea, 25, has made a combined 134 appearances across all competitions in his senior career in Slovenia, registering five goals with three assists since 2008. His previous experience includes five campaigns with NK Olimpija Ljubljana (2011-17) in Slovenia’s top-flight PrvaLiga, and three seasons with NK Interblock Ljubljana (2008-11) in both the PrvaLiga (2008-10) and the Slovenian Second League (2010-11). After returning from an injury, he helped Olimpija win the club’s first PrvaLiga title in 2015-16.