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:
Here’s a little more to think about:
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.