It has been a long offseason for the New England Revolution. There were many questions to be answered, and with the new season days away, most of those questions has been answered. Lets recap the transfers.
- Probably the biggest transfer out was when Kelyn Rowe was traded to Sporting Kansas City. It was a shame to see his time end here, but it was also clear that he needed to leave to get his career back on track, and get back in the national team scene.
- Local left back Chris Tierney retired this offseason, after 10 seasons with the team. Having missed most of the 2018 season due to an ACL injury, this came as no surprise.
- Claude Dielna, only after a season and a half with the team, was released. Occasional starter at center back, wore the captain’s armband a few times, he signed with Portland.
- Other players including Mark Segbers, Nicolas Samayoa, Cristhian Machado, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Guillermo Hauche, all had little impact or playing time in 2018
There wasn’t too many incoming transfers, but the team did raise a few eyebrows a couple of times.
- The biggest incoming transfer was Spanish midfielder Carles Gil. With an interesting mix of Spanish La Liga, Spanish 2nd division, and English Premier League experience, the 26 year old will certainly bring a different type and hopefully number 10 quality offense,
- The other big signing was Colombian forward Juan Fernando Caicedo. At 29 years of age, it will be interesting to see who Brad will use him and how often, considering he already has Teal, Juan Agudelo.
- With Tierney retiring and Gabriel Somi struggling to adapt to MLS soccer, the Revs in a trade acquired Edgar Castillo. The former USA national team defender will have his number called plenty this season, to help secure the back line
- Dejuan Jones and Tajon Buchanan were drafted, and two academy players were signed to the senior squad, Justin Rennicks, and Nicolas Firmino
Team manager Brad Friedel talked a lot last season about competition for spots on the starting 11. After looking at the players on the team, I feel like there is quality depth, especially with their midfielders and forward positions. I feel like they could use another central defender, with Mancienne, Delamea, and Anibaba already there. It will also be interesting to see what formation Brad will use, whether he will use one forward or two. It will also be interesting to see if the Revs can score more goals. With only 49 scored last year, Teal, Penilla, and Diego scored 32 between the three of them. With 10 goals scored in his first 17 matches in 2018, but only 1 scored in the last 15, Teal will need to be more consistent.
On the defensive side, with Edgar Castillo joining, and Mancienne having a full preseason to help gel in with his new team mates, it will be interesting to see if Matt Turner can progress over last season and improve his game. We will see if all this can help the Revs concede fewer goals.
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