HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on loan from Pachuca on Jan. 23, 2018 with a transfer option for the 2019 season. New England exercised the transfer option to acquire him permanently on Nov. 2, 2018.
Penilla made an immediate impact in his first season in MLS and was arguably the Revs best player in 2018, with the left-footed winger leading the team goals scored (12), appearances (33), starts (33), minutes played (2,816), shots (95), and shots on goal (38).
INTERNATIONAL: The Ecuador native made his international debut on Oct. 11, 2014, when he started and played 45 minutes in an international friendly against the United States at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn. Three days later, Penilla registered his first international goal in a friendly against El Salvador at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
OUTSIDE MLS: Penilla has made more than 200 appearances and logged over 10,000 minutes played across all competitions in his eight-year professional career, which has spanned the top divisions of Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador. He most recently played for Chapecoense of Brazil's top-flight Serie A on loan. Prior to joining Chapecoense, Penilla spent three seasons in Mexico's top-flight Liga MX with Monarcas Morelia and Pachuca, as well as a partial season on loan with Barcelona Sporting Club of Ecuador's first-tier Serie A.