— NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) March 18, 2016
One of the biggest stories of the off season for the Revolution was whether or not the Revs would be able to come to an agreement with US international Jermaine Jones. He was looking for a multi year, multi million dollar deal to stay, but that never happened, as he was traded two weeks ago to Colorado.
During the off season, some dirty laundry was aired from Jermaine on how much was offered to him in comparison to the deal he previously had, and made the issue public. And it is no secret that the Kraft family do not splurge on bringing in big name players like some of their rivals.
Another player, Lee Nguyen, has also made it known that he isn’t happy with his contract and desired a new one. This came last off season, after an amazing MVP caliber season in 2014 when he scored 18 goals, not to long after having signed a new deal the year before. The Revs said no at that time, but today he finally got a new deal.
— Lee Nguyen (@LeeNguyen24) March 18, 2016
Now I am no MLS salary guru, but a tweet from Kyle McCarthy (local hero) might have some insight on what kind of deal we are talking about:
New England expected to use TAM on Lee Nguyen’s new contract. #MLS
— Kyle McCarthy (@kylejmccarthy) March 18, 2016
Now I mention Jermaine Jones because since the end of last season, New England has re-signed Diego Fagundez, Steve Neumann, Chris Tierney, Scott Caldwell, Bobby Shuttleworth last summer, and now Lee Nguyen. Nice to see the Revs take care of some of those who have been here for a while and just play.
Also, the Revs have traded for Gershon Koffie, 24, but very much experienced in mls after playing in over 130 MLS matches with Vancouver from 2011-2015, made the DP offer for current Swiss league player Xavier Kouassi, both good replacements for Jermaine Jones, although Kouassi wont join until the summer, recovering from a big knee injury.
So yea, the Kraft’s still are not splurging on big name players for multi million dollar deals, but great to see them hang on to home grown, draft picked players and give them new deals.