After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012, the New England Revolution have some decisions to make. As a team that used to be consistently near the top of the Eastern Conference, the Revolution’s future looks bleak. As a team that will be heavily relying on a 30-year old Lee Nguyen and the young Diego Fagundez, they’ll need to add a few pieces to rise back to be near the top of the MLS. While they are both incredibly talented footballers, they aren’t enough to create a champion.
So how can they become champions? One of four ways.
They could slowly add piece-by-piece through the transfer windows. Not so easy with all of the competition, but doable.
They could invest heavily in scouting youth players in Europe or South America. Also doable, but sort of a crapshoot.
Now a combination of these two things is generally the most efficient way to improve the club, but can be incredibly time consuming and expensive. It’s also most likely what will happen.
What do I want to see happen? I want the Revolution to make a big splash in the January window that is about to open. I want the Revs to go out and get a big name from Europe. This would beneficial on two fronts for the Revs. Not only would it give them a boost on the field but it would also give them a big boost in regards to merchandise and ticket sales. Much of Europe’s top talent could be moving around this winter. Guys like Marco Reus, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Chicharito have all been rumored to be on the move this year. Obtaining one of them would be nice and all, but it is highly unlikely as they’re all at the top of their game and enjoying their play in Europe.There is, however, one name that comes to mind and is completely in the realm of possibility, although unlikely. Christian Pulisic. For those who don’t know, Pulisic is an 18-year old midfielder for Borussia Dortmund who grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania. At the young age of just 17, Pulisic became the youngest player ever to score two goals in the Bundesliga as well as the youngest player ever to score for the USMNT. Not only is he the future of American soccer, but he is affordable this New England squad.
Not even taking into account that the very wealthy Kraft family owns this club, the Revolution are the 9th most valuable franchise in the MLS according to Forbes. Not only that, but the Revolution also took in $27 million in revenue last season but only spent about $9.5 on player salaries. These numbers combined with Kraft family means that the addition of Pulisic, who is only earning about $1 million this year, is more than affordable.
Adding Christian Pulisic to the Revolution would be just too good of a move. Not only would they be adding an absolute force to their midfield, but they’d be adding a guy who will attract more fans than anyone else in the country. While this deal is an incredibly outside shot, I think it’d be the perfect one for the Revs. If they don’t do this, look for them to keep building the slow and traditional way.
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