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The New England Revolution’s New Designated Player Is…

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…Xavier Kouassi.

Let me join what I think will be the the majority of Revolution supporters in a collective, “Who?!”

According to Revolution president Mike Burns, “Xavier is an athletic, versatile player.  We believe he will add a presence to our midfield and improve the overall quality of our team.”

Coach Jay Heaps had this to say:  “As captain and leader of his current club we feel we’ve acquired a player in Xavier who is in the prime of his career.  We look forward to his arrival.”

Here’s what you need to know:

  • 26 year old midfielder
  • Captain of Swiss Super League side FC Sion for the last two seasons
  • Former captain of Swiss Super League side Servette FC
  • Seven career starts in UEFA Europa League matches
  • 2015 Swiss Cup Champion
  • Capped by the Ivorian National Team

Here’s a little more to think about:

  • At 26 he’s still in the prime of his career and could have a long term impact at the club.
  • He has captained Sion for the past two seasons, but they have been a mid-table club in Europe’s 12th ranked league during those seasons.
  • As a club, Sion are ranked 120th in Europe.
  • He has played in only half of Sion’s matches this season.
  • He has one cap for the Ivory Coast, in a friendly, in August of 2011.
  • He won’t joint the club until July, missing a minimum of 16 matches.  There are 34 in a season.

Okay, just to be clear, I’m not saying this was a bad signing.  What I find confusing is why they would give a Designated Player contract to a player from a mid-level club in a mid-level league?  It would one thing if he was an established international player as well, but he clearly isn’t.  And what’s the plan for the midfield until the end of June.  If the club is playing well and a midfield unit has already gelled does one of them make way just so the new DP can get minutes?  If the club is playing poorly and down in the standings, will it be too late for Kouassi to make a meaningful impact?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

On the bright side, at least it wasn’t John Terry.

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This entry was posted on February 1, 2016 by in Finances, Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, Transfers, UEFA and tagged , , , .
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