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 is a forward with a wealth of experience who should provide depth to the Revs attacking corps in 2018.
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.