There was action and rumor on both sides of the Atlantic today! Here we go!
The New England Revolution today signed Wilfried Zahibo, a 24 year old defensive midfielder from France. Though he did make a few appearances in La Liga for Valencia, Zahibo has spent most of his career in the French (Ajaccio) and Spanish (Valencia, Gimnastic Tarragona) second tiers or on the reserve squads of those same sides. At almost 6’3″ Zahibo will bring some much needed size to the Revs midfield- if nothing else. As Zahibo has never been capped for France (though he does appear to have played for France at the youth level) he is not the “international” player that club officials were a teasing on Twitter today, so stay tuned there.
Before we move on, let me just reiterate what I said on Twitter earlier today. Any time the Revolution talk about signing an “international player” remember that this is how they described Xavier Kouassi, whose international experience turned out to be two minutes of garbage time at the end of a friendly. The club made it sound like the Ivorian midfielder was suiting up next to Didier Drogba on a regular basis. Relatedly, how did that signing turn out for the club?
According to MLS.com’s Sam Stejskal Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen requested a trade during the off-season. Before continuing it is important to note- as Stejskal did- that this request came before the hiring of Brad Friedel, so things may have changed. While I’d like to see Lee remain with the club, his contract is attractive to other clubs and there would have to be compensation coming back to the Revolution, so I guess if the deal is right, you make it. Nguyen is 31 and one has to assume that his “peak years” are probably limited at this point.
Mark Foden (who looks both 21 and 91) has returned to Ross County after a loan spell at League Two side Stirling Albion F.C.. As the club’s third choice goalkeeper it is unclear if he will rejoin the developmental side, be sent out on loan again, leave the club, or join the first team. The last of these seems the least likely.
There’s also a bit of banter about two more County signings before the end of the weekend. I hope so, Greg Tansey doesn’t seem to be enough to keep us from relegation!