The New England Revolution addressed their most visible weakness on Friday by signing two new players to bolster their attack.
Serbian forward Ilija Stolica and Brazilian attacker Roberto “Betu” Linck will join New England as soon as their paperwork has been finalized. While Stolica will count as an international player, the Brazilian-born Linck is a US permanent resident and has played soccer in the USA since 2002.
The duo will be asked to contribute immediately to a Revolution side that has scored the third fewest goals in MLS and are averaging just a mere goal per game.
“Our goal during this transfer window has been to bring in attacking players,” Revolution vice president of player personnel Michael Burns said in a team statement.
The 31-year-old Stolica is a veteran of the Serbian, Belgian, Ukrainian and Greek leagues. Like current Revolution midfielder Marko Perovic, he is a former Serbian Under-21 and Olympic player who most recently played in his native Montenegro with FK Budućnost Podgorica, currently in action in the third round of the Europa League.
Linck is a former indoor soccer player who is 10 years younger than Stolica and turns 22-year-old on Saturday. The former Grêmio youth player signs from Romanian second-division club CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea. He formerly attended Irvine Valley College in California and later played with the Chicago Storm of the now defunct Xtreme Soccer League.