From the halls of Foxboro Stadium…

Revs Sign Midfielder No One Has Ever Heard Of

Posted by Mike Marshall on February 22, 2010

Welcome to Foxboro(ugh), Niouky Desire…

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution announced today that Senegalese central midfielder Niouky Desire has signed a contract with Major League Soccer to play for the Revolution. He will occupy one of the team’s eight international roster spots. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not released. He will join the team pending receipt of his U.S. P-1 Visa.

Desire, 23, has played Dakar-based Port Autonome for the past four seasons. Before joining Port Autonome, he featured for ASC Diaraf, another club based in Dakar, for four seasons.

“We’re pleased that we were able to bring Niouky to the Revolution,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “He’s a traditional center midfielder who is comfortable in different formations, and he will give us depth in the middle of the field.”

I want to like this signing, I really do.  But bringing a guy no one has ever heard of, and then saying he’ll add depth to the midfield sounds like a Stephane Assengue-style “we found this guy nobody knows about in Africa and we think he’s decent, and we only have to pay him $48,000/year” move.

God, I hope I’m wrong.  But I would feel a lot better if Burnsie or Nicol came out and said something like, “Niouky will be a big part of the team this year and we have high hopes for his future with the club.”

2 Responses to “Revs Sign Midfielder No One Has Ever Heard Of”

  1. sal said

    Well at least he has a cool name.

  2. David Wiley said

    Yeah, it’s hard not to feel a little burned by this move. I’m sure Desire is a fine player with some solid skills and it’s not as if the club’s forays into the African talent pool haven’t produced some gems (Nyassi, Mansally, Dube, Osei). But the purchase of Desire is probably the Rev’s final purchase of the preseason as the only spot we have left open is a domestic reserve slot. So the biggest name we signed in the preseason? Cory Gibbs -a defender. Are any of us confident that we’ve replaced Ralston or Larentowicz? Have the offensive weaknesses of last season been properly addressed? The future remains uncertain and I’m left with a bad feeling about next season.

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