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Revolution acquires R.I.'s Nico Colaluca from Colorado

May 6, 2009 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - New England Revolution News Release

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution announced today that the team has acquired Generation adidas midfielder and Coventry, R.I., product Nico Colaluca through a trade with the Colorado Rapids, in exchange for Generation adidas defender Rob Valentino.

Colaluca is expected to join the Revolution later this week and will be available for selection for the team's next match on Saturday.

"We're pleased to bring Nico into the team," Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. "When we spoke with him earlier today, he was ecstatic to be coming home. We'll look forward to getting him into training and integrating him into the team.

"Rob has been a great team player for us, but we felt he would benefit from the opportunity with another team. We wish him the best and thank him for everything he's given to the Revolution in the last year and a half," Burns said.

Colaluca is in his third Major League Soccer season after the Rapids drafted him sixth overall in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Virginia. He has made four MLS appearances in his career, all coming in his rookie season. In 2008, he started all nine of the Rapids' reserve team's games, scoring three goals. He is a former member of the U.S. youth national and Under-20 teams. He played his high school soccer at Providence's La Salle Academy.

Valentino was drafted the Revolution in the first round (13th overall) in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of San Francisco. He has yet to make an MLS appearance, although he did make four professional appearances as a rookie. He started all three of the Revs' matches in the U.S. Open Cup, and made a substitute appearance against Joe Public FC in the CONCACAF Champions League.

The Revolution (2-2-2, 8 pts.) return to MLS action on Saturday, May 9, when the club travels to face the rival Chicago Fire (2-0-5, 11 pts.) at Toyota Park at 8:30 p.m. TV38 will televise the game, while the WEEI Radio Network will also carry the game.

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