Cristian Penilla

Cristian Penilla
Cristian Penilla
Cristian Penilla
Real Name: Cristian Penilla
HT: 5' 9" WT: 165
Age: 27 (05/02/1991)
Birthplace: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Hometown: Esmeraldas, Ecuador

Updated June 27, 2018


  • Acquired on loan from Liga MX club Pachuca for the 2018 season, with a transfer option for 2019.
  • Has recorded six goals and five primary assists, the latter tied for third in MLS, through 16 matches.
  • Made more than 200 appearances and logged over 12,000 minutes in eight-year professional career. 
  • Has spent time in top divisions of Mexico (Pachuca, Monarcas Morelia), Brazil (Chapecoense), and Ecuador (Barcelona SC, Deportivo Quito).
  • Made 86 appearances with Barcelona SC, scoring 20 goals with 16 assists across all competitions.
  • Owns two caps and one goal with Ecuador since debuting on the international stage against the USA on Oct. 11, 2014.

MLS CAREER: Acquired by New England on loan from Liga MX side Pachuca for the 2018 season with a transfer option for the 2019 season on Jan. 23, 2018…Joined the club ahead of preseason in Florida…Has made 16 starts and recorded six goals with five assists… Currently tied for third among MLS players with five primary assists…Five assists are tied for the team lead and six goals are second most among Revolution players…Has earned four Team of the Week nods…Owns the third most goals among MLS newcomers…(3/3) at PHI: Made MLS and Revolution debut…Subbed off in 27th minute after an early red card forced a tactical adjustment…(3/10) vs. COL: Recorded first career MLS and Revolution assist on Diego Fagundez’s second-half goal…(3/24) vs. NYC: Started and recorded an assist for a second straight game…Earned Team of the Week honors…(3/31) at HOU: Garnered Team of the Week honors after scoring first MLS goal and notching an assist for the third straight game…Became the first Revs player with an assist in three straight matches since 2016…Drew a red card in the 35th minute after being denied a goal-scoring opportunity on a fast break by Houston’s Damarcus Beasley…(4/6) vs. MTL: Played 90 minutes in the 4-0 win…(4/21) at CLB: Recorded a goal and an assist in an away match for the second time this season…Registered MLS career high of three shots on goals…(5/12) vs. TOR: Recorded the quickest brace in club history with two goals in the first seven minutes of play in the 3-2 win…(5/26) at VAN: Scored fifth goal of the season in the 3-2 draw…Named to's Team of the Week…(6/2) vs. NY: Tallied fifth assist of the season in the 2-1 win…Marked second game-winning assist, most among Revolution players…(6/9) at CHI: Registered seven shots, the most by a Revolution player in 2018, in the 1-1 draw…(6/13) at SJ: Netted sixth goal of the season and recorded three shots on goal in the 2-2 draw…Nominated for AT&T Goal of the Week and named to's Team of the Week bench.

CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Totaled more than 200 appearances, 140 starts, and 12,000 minutes played in eight-year professional career before joining MLS in January 2018…Club career has spanned top divisions of Mexico, Brazil, and Ecuador…Spent time with Ecuadorian sides C.D. Caribe Jr. Under-20s and C.D. ESPOLI Under-20s before joining ESPOLI’s senior squad for the 2010 and 2011 seasons…Played for Serie A club Deportivo Quito in 2012, making a combined 12 appearances with one goal and one assist…Joined Barcelona SC Guayaquil in Ecuador’s first tier ahead of the 2013 campaign…Played in 35 matches across all competitions and contributed six goals with five assists in first season with Barcelona…In 2014 played in 37 matches and tallied seven goals with 10 assists in over 2,700 minutes played…Transferred to C.F. Pachuca in Mexico’s top-division Liga MX in January 2015…Appeared in 14 total matches, starting eight, during the 2014-2015 campaign…Recorded two goals with one assist, and was on the bench for one CONCACAF Champions League contest against the Montreal Impact in February 2015…Made 18 combined appearances for Pachuca in the 2015-16 Liga MX season before returning to Barcelona SC on loan for the remainder of the year, where he played in 14 matches and contributed seven goals…Spent one year on loan with fellow Liga MX side Monarcas Morelia, beginning in July 2016…With Monarcas, saw 1,281 minutes of action in 19 matches across all competitions, including one appearance in Copa MX, and recorded three assists…Loaned by Pachuca to Brazilian top-division club Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, less than a year after the Chapecoense’s tragic plane crash in November 2016...Totaled 511 minutes with the club in 14 total appearances, including 11 in Série A, two in Copa Sudamericana, and one in the Suruga Bank Championship…Returned to Pachuca at end of loan spell on Dec. 1, 2017…Loaned to New England Revolution on Jan. 23, 2018.

NATIONAL TEAM (ECUADOR): Has made two appearances with Ecuador, scoring one goal and adding one assist….Totaled 63 minutes played in a pair of international friendlies…Started at left wing in international debut against the United States on Oct. 11, 2014…Tallied first international goal and added an assist as a substitute against El Salvador on Oct. 15, 2014…Previously made three appearances with the Ecuador Under-20 squad, including one start.

PERSONAL: Full name is Cristian Anderson Penilla Caicedo...Fluent Spanish speaker…Played for Chapecoense less than a year after the Brazilian club’s tragic plane crash in November 2016.

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Career Statistics (Regular Season)
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