In the immediate aftermath of the Revs' loss to the Columbus Crew in the MLS Eastern Conference Final, Bruce Arena was already looking ahead to 2021, discussing how the team needed to bolster its roster with some offseason acquisitions.
That work is already underway, with the Revolution adding defender Christian Mafla following his transfer from Atlético Nacional in Colombia.
The 27-year-old defender has spent the last 10 seasons playing professional soccer in South America, including the last five seasons in Colombia's top division, Categoría Primera A.
“Christian Mafla is a left-sided defender who offers both experience and skill in his position, making him a very good addition to our backline,” said Arena in the team press release announcing the move. “Christian is a strong one-on-one defender, a talented passer, and is comfortable moving into the attack. We are delighted to welcome him to the Revolution.”
Mafla has totaled over 190 professional appearances, helping Atlético Bucaramanga to the Primera B title in 2015 and then winning the 2018 Copa Colombia trophy with Atlético Nacional.
While the signing of Mafla is the first signing of the offseason, it could just be the start for Arena and the Revs. According to the Boston Globe, New England is already working on adding more players as the Revolution look to build on its deep playoff run in 2020.