Revs signs Nigerian midfielder Michael Augustine

Revolution add outside midfielder to roster

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution announced today that the team has signed Nigerian midfielder Michael Augustine to a Major League Soccer contract. Augustine, who joined the team this morning at training in Kennesaw, Ga., will occupy one of the team’s eight international roster spots upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. Per MLS and club policies, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Augustine, 18, arrives to the MLS from Nigeria’s FCT Abuja. After starting his career with the academy team at Abuja in 2005, Augustine was elevated to the club’s first team in 2008.

“Michael is a young midfielder who we believe can have a promising future in our league,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “He has pace and will add to the depth we have in the midfield this season.”

Augustine scored 18 goals for FCT Abuja since joining the first team 2008, and helped the squad gain promotion to the Nigerian Premier League in 2009. Augustine was also a member of the team that won Nigeria’s FA Youth Cup.

The Revolution is in the Atlanta area for an 11-day training trip through Sunday, March 13. The team will play three matches against MLS opponents during the trip, including two matches against the Columbus Crew and one against the Houston Dynamo. For up-to-the-minute information on the Revolution, visit the team’s official web site at revolutionsoccer.net, or follow the team on Twitter at @NERevolution, or on Facebook at facebook.com/NERevolution.

Four-game mini-plans are on sale now for the 2011 season, and start at $68. The four-game plans include tickets to the home opener against D.C. United on Saturday, March 26, and three additional stand-alone games, a 2011 Revolution calendar and a choice of one of four exclusive gifts. Season tickets for the 2011 New England Revolution season are also on sale – including packages for the newly-opened West Side seats – and start at $234 for 18-game packages. Call 1-877-GET-REVS or visit revolutionsoccer.net for more information about these plans or any other ticket option.

TRANSACTION: New England Revolution (MLS) – Signed M Michael Augustine

 MICHAEL AUGUSTINE
Jersey Number: No. 16
Pronunciation: AUG-gus-teen
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-10
Weight: 160 lbs.
DOB: Dec. 9, 1992 (Kano, Nigeria)
Hometown: Kano, Nigeria
Previous Club: FCT Abuja (NGA)
Nationality: Nigerian
Status: International