How Acquired: Signed by the Revolution as an international and Designated Player on Aug. 2, 2011
The team’s first-ever Designated Player ... an exciting player who is eager to score, but also get his teammates involved by setting them up ... prefers his left foot, but is adept with his right when needed … has an excellent first touch and gets forward well in the attack while also serving well in hold-up play when needed ... played his entire professional career to date with his hometown Rosario Central in Argentina before coming to MLS … a player who drew interest from West Ham in late summer of 2010, but concerns over a recent knee injury prevented the deal from going through … native language is Spanish, but is learning English.
2011: Signed with the Revolution on Aug. 2, and officially joined the team on Thursday, Aug. 5, for his first training session. Made 12 appearances, all starts at forward. Scored three goals and added two assists. Made his MLS debut against Chivas USA (Aug. 6), logging 62 minutes in his first game action since 2010. Recorded his first and second career MLS goals against New York (Aug. 20). Picked up his first-career MLS assist against Dallas (Sept. 10) on Shalrie Joseph’s goal. Assisted on Ryan Guy’s second goal in stoppage time at Chicago (Sept. 25). Added his final goal in the season finale at Toronto (Oct. 22).
BEFORE MLS: Joined the Revolution from Argentinean club Rosario Central, where he had played since 2007 ... played four seasons in Argentina’s Primera Division, before Rosario Central was relegated for the 2010-11 season ... in 49 appearances in the top division, Caraglio scored 11 goals ... missed much of the 2009-10 season while rehabilitating a ligament injury in his knee ... garnered interest from Europe, going on an extended trial at West Ham United, then of England’s Premier League, as well as interest from several Serie A teams in Italy ... however, he remained with his hometown Rosario Central for the 2010-11 season while it played in Argentina’s second division.
ARGENTINA NATIONAL TEAM: In 2009, called in to the National Team by coach Diego Maradona for a domestic-based team in World Cup Qualifying.
PERSONAL: Son of Gabriella and Nestor Caraglio … has one younger brother, Franco … his son, Santino, was born in 2011 … when away from soccer, he enjoys fishing … played for his childhood team, Club Atlético Rosario Central in Argentina, an experience he described as ‘hermosa’ (beautiful).