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New England Revolution exercise 15 player options as offseason begins

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New England Revolution exercise 15 player options as offseason begins

The Revolution exercised the 2019 contract options of 15 players on Monday.  Four are already under contract for the upcoming season, placing the club’s roster at 19 players heading into the offseason.  The club declined contract options on six players.  Two players will be out of contact as of Dec. 31.

PLAYERS WITH GUARANTEED CONTRACTS FOR 2019

M - Isaac Angking (Homegrown Player)
D – Michael Mancienne
D – Gabriel Somi
M – Wilfried Zahibo

2019 PLAYER OPTIONS EXERCISED

D – Jalil Anibaba
F – Teal Bunbury
M/F – Brandon Bye
M – Luis Caicedo
M – Scott Caldwell (Homegrown Player)
GK – Cody Cropper
D – Antonio Delamea
M – Diego Fagundez (Homegrown Player)
D – Andrew Farrell
M – Zach Herivaux
GK – Brad Knighton
F – Cristian Penilla
M – Kelyn Rowe
GK – Matt Turner
F – Brian Wright

2019 PLAYER OPTIONS DECLINED

D – Claude Dielna (Designated Player)
M- Guillermo Hauche
F – Femi Hollinger-Janzen
M – Cristian Machado
D – Nicholas Samayoa
M/D – Mark Segbers

PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT ON DEC. 31

F – Juan Agudelo
D – Chris Tierney (Free Agent Eligible)

LOOKING TO 2019

Following these moves, and with the return of an international roster spot from the Columbus Crew, the Revs will enter the offseason with three international roster spots.  Additionally, Claude Dielna’s departure means the club will have three Designated Player spots available in 2019.  

On the free-agent front, the Revs have until Tuesday, Nov. 20 to make “bona fide offers” to Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney, both of whom will be out-of-contract on December 31.  To simplify, “bona fide offer” means offering a contract at or above the player’s current base salary that increases by at least 5 percent in each option year. 

Tierney is eligible to become a free agent on Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Although Agudelo’s contract expires this year, he does not qualify for free agency because he is two years shy of the minimum age requirement of 28.  If New England makes him a bona fide offer and he declines and leaves MLS, the club will retain his league rights.  If the Revs don’t want to re-sign him at or above his 2018 salary, he will be eligible for the MLS Re-entry draft.

KEY PHASES OF THE OFFSEASON

MLS will release specific details and dates for each of these events at a later date.  

  • HALF-DAY TRADE WINDOW: This day usually falls on the day after MLS Cup.   If history continues, the trade day window would be December 9.  There’s expected to be a four-hour window in which teams can trade and sign players. 
  • FREE AGENCY: Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Out of Contract and Option Decline players who were at least 28 years old during the 2018 season and have at least eight years of MLS service are eligible for Free Agency.
  • EXPANSION DRAFT FOR FC CINCINNATI: December date to be announced.   The league is expected to hold this draft after the half-day trade window. Teams will have a deadline to submit which players are protected and exposed for the process.  The complete list of eligible players is usually released prior to the draft. 
     

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Revolution sign Spanish midfielder Carles Gil to multi-year contract

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Revolution sign Spanish midfielder Carles Gil to multi-year contract

The New England Revolution have made a big splash with the cash. 

The club announced the acquisition of Spanish midfielder Carles Gil, who has signed a multi-year Designated Player contract.

According to reports, the 26-year-old attacking playmaker - with La Liga and English Premier League experience - becomes their most expensive acquisition ever. He reportedly comes on a $2 million transfer from Deportivo La Coruna and has a salary of about $2 million per season. 

"Carles is a gifted attacking player who has competed at the highest levels in both England and Spain throughout his career," Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. "His experience, technical skill, and ability to create for his teammates will add another dimension to our attack, and we look forward to welcoming him to New England." 

Prior to coming to MLS, he spent time in La Liga with Deportivo, Elche, and Valencia, as well as Aston Villa of the English Premier League. 

Gil has already joined the his new teammates and coaches for preseason training in Marbella, Spain today after completing a medical examination. 

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Revolution add Tajon Buchanan and DeJuan Jones in first round of MLS SuperDraft

Revolution add Tajon Buchanan and DeJuan Jones in first round of MLS SuperDraft

In an effort to improve their attack in the MLS SuperDraft Friday, the New England Revolution selected a pair of forwards in the first round. 

The Revs selected Tajon Buchanan, a sophomore out of Syracuse, with the ninth overall pick, and followed that up by taking Michigan State's DeJuan Jones two picks later. 

New England head coach Brad Friedel shared his thoughts on the two players during a conference call Friday. 

[Buchanan] is very athletic, very skilled, especially on the ball, and can take players on one-on-one. [Jones] is an attacking player that can play quite a few different positions. We’re looking forward to getting both acclimated on the team in preseason.

Buchanan, 19, was a two-year starter at Syracuse, scoring 12 goals and and totaling six assists in 33 appearances. The Ontario native is also one of seven players in the draft to sign a Generation Adidas contract prior to his selection. 

Jones, 21, a two-year starter at Michigan State, recorded 16 goals and 14 assists in 75 appearances and earned consecutive Second Team All-Big 10 selections in 2017 and 2018.

The Revs' interest in these two players was strong enough to turn down multiple trade offers for their two first round selections. 

We were approached many times during the first round about our picks, but wanted to use both.

Both players are expected to fit well in the New England attack, while the team still holds second, third and fourth round picks it has yet to use. 

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