Player Details

Name

Cristian Penilla

Height

5' 9"

Weight

165 lbs

Date of Birth

5.2.1991 (30)

Birthplace

Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Position

Forward

Position Detail

Winger

Preferred Side

Left/Right

Footedness

Right

Roster Category

Senior

Player Category

International
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

Contract option declined Dec. 8, 2020

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). He had six goals and eight assists in 30 appearances in 2019.

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 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.

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