The New England Revolution have made three roster-related announcements in the last few days including one actual “move,” so we’ll start with that one.
The Revolution announced today that they have extended the contract of midfielder/defender Christ Tierney- their longest-tenured player at present. Tierney, a native of nearby Wellesley, has only played for the Revolution since joining them out of the storied University of Virginia program in 2008 via the Supplemental Draft (he is the only player from that draft still in MLS). In that time he has continued to improve as a player and become know as one of the club’s (and league’s) best crossers of the ball and free kick takers and one of the most reliable left backs in Major League Soccer.
Tierney was already signed through the 2016 season so this deal amounts to a contract extension and prevents Tierney from becoming a free agent following the conclusion of the upcoming season. As per usual, terms of the contract were not released, but the talk around the deal is that it will likely allow Tierney to finish his career with the Revolution, which leads me to believe the is probably now signed through the 2018 season, perhaps with a club option for 2019.
Whatever the details of the contract it is likely that when it expires Tierney will have passed Shalrie Joseph as the club’s all-time leader in games played, games started, and total minutes and trailing only Steve Ralston for the all-time lead in assists.
As I mentioned recently, three New England players (Zachary Herivaux, Donnie Smith, and Sean Okoli) are currently in Portugal training with Revolution “partners” Sporting Clube de Portugal through the end of the week. They have since been joined General Manager Mike Burns and club president Brian Bilello who are scouting the Sporting first team a B team with the hope of bringing, according to Burns, one or two players to New England in 2016 either on loan or via a permanent move. Hmm…how about Scottish phenom Ryan Gauld who has racked up the appearances for the “B” side since joining in 2014, but has only played sparingly for the first team? Seriously, though, let me throw a name out there: Gelson Martins. He’s with the B side, has been a regular in the Portugal youth set-up (currently with the U21s) and was born in Cape Verde. I add that last part because there’s a big Cape Verdean population in New England that would love him from the first minute he stepped onto the field in Foxboro.
Finally, the Revolution have once again stated that they have made an offer to former midfielder Jermaine Jones. I suggest to you that the only person who would be more surprised that I if Jones took that offer is Mike Burns. I don’t think he’s being disingenuous, but the Revs would be foolish to pay him the kind of money he’s probably going to get elsewhere. What the club is really saying here is, “Hey, we tried. He didn’t want to come back…”
Now, I’ll sit quietly until the Revolution announce their new DP signing…