Revs Poised to Sign Reinforcements
Posted by Mike Marshall on March 8, 2009
The Boston Herald provides good news on the transfer front in today’s edition.
The Revolution are in the advanced stages of negotiations with a defender and a striker of African descent and are hopeful of sealing their signatures, according to vice president of player personnel Michael Burns.
Nicol said he spotted both players during the course of scouting trips to Ghana. The defender could be expected to step right in and play if signed, while the striker is a younger player who may need some time to adjust, the coach reported.
My guess is that there’s no way the team lets this information out to the press if they weren’t pretty damn sure these two guys were pretty much signed, sealed, and delivered.
But… two players of African descent? Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but does that sound like at least one of the players isn’t from Ghana?
And here’s the other part of the story – if you’re bringing in two international players, who’s going? The Revs only have room for one more international player on their roster. They could cut Argenis Fernandez without any problems, but remember that Ryan Maxwell is still unsigned. So, if Steve Nicol is bringing in two international players now, then that means that either Maxwell won’t be signed (…which would be a monumental screw up, IMO) or one of the other international’s on the roster has to go. Perhaps Mauricio Castro’s time is short if Kenny Mansally’s getting a run at left midfield?
Either that, or someone – perhaps Kheli Dube – is really close to gaining their citizenship.