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Revolution acquires midfielder Daigo Kobayashi from Vancouver

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Today, the New England Revolution announced the club acquired midfielder Daigo Kobayashi from Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 MLS Draft.

Kobayashi, 31, appeared in 30 games for Vancouver in 2013 and scored two goals and added four assists.

“Daigo is a technically-gifted player who fits into our system well,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “He assimilated well with our club when he was in Tucson with us, and we are looking forward to his return to the club soon.”

Kobayashi spent 12 seasons between Japan’s J-League (Tokyo Verde 2005, Omiya Ardija 2006-08, Shimizu S-Pulse 2011-12), Norway’s Tippeligaen (Stabaek IF 2009) and Greece’s Super League (Iraklis Thessaloniki 2009-11). He’s made more than 160 professional appearances, and has scored 21 goals while adding 14 assists. His European experience also includes matches in both UEFA Champions League and Europa League qualifying.

Kobayashi has one cap with the Japan National Team in 2006. He is also a former member of Japan’s Under-18 squad, and in 2003, helped lead Japan to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Youth Championship (now FIFA Under-20 World Cup).

Jossimar Sanchez

The New England Revolution also signed defender Jossimar Sanchez, who the club drafted in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2013 Supplemental Draft out of the University of Connecticut.

Sanchez, 22, made 73 starts in 74 appearances at U Conn, scoring two goals and adding one assist. A two-year captain, he transitioned from center midfielder to center back as a senior. During his career, Sanchez helped lead the Huskies to quarterfinal appearances in the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons (2011, 2012) and the BIG EAST regular-season championship twice (2009, 2012).

Sanchez has appeared in four of the Revolution’s first five preseason games, playing a total of 207 minutes, all as outside back.

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