The Revolution have made their second signing of the Secondary Transfer Window, announcing Friday that London-born defender Michael Mancienne has joined the club on a free transfer.
As per club policy, terms of the deal were not announced. The club did say that Targeted Allocation Money was used to acquire Mancienne, who comes to Foxborough from English Championship side Nottingham Forest. He will take up the seventh and final international slot on the Revs' 2018 roster.
Mancienne, who will provide depth at centerback and has also been used by his various clubs as right back as well as a defensive midfielder, will wear No. 28.
According to a news release from the club, the 30-year-old is a former England youth international and a product of the Chelsea FC Academy system. He has spent the last four years with Forest, where he made 135 appearances in all eligible competitions.
He started his pro career at Chelsea in 2006 and he spent five seasons with the Blues, where he made a total of six first-team appearances. Included in that was a substitute appearance in a 2009 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchup against Italian giants Juventus, and he was in the matchday squad for all seven of the club's contests en route to a 2009 FA Cup title, highlighted by a full, 90-minute shift against Watford in the Round of 16.
Mancienne also made four league appearances for Chelsea in the 2008-09 English Premier League season.
But his professional career was destined to take him away from Stamford Bridge, seemingly not in the plans of a laundry list of Chelsea managers. Mancienne spent time at Queens Park Rangers as well as Wolverhampton Wanderers in separate loan spells, including 46 appearances during Wolves' last stint in the Premier League prior to this coming season's return to the top flight.
He then spent three years in the German Bundesliga, where he played for Hamburger SV before returning to England in 2014.
Now, after upward of 300-plus appearances in the highest levels of English and German football, he comes to Route 1 to try and stabilize what has been a rather shaky back line.
“It was just an exciting opportunity,” Mancienne told RevolutionSoccer.net's Elizabeth Pehota earlier today. “It was something that I couldn’t turn down. I had obviously other options in England, but to be honest this was something that was amazing. I think it’s beautiful.”
“We believe his experience will help him make immediate contributions to the club and allow him to become a leader on and off the field,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a release.
Revolution gaffer Brad Friedel had mentioned Tuesday that the club was 24-to-48 hours away from getting a new signing in. During a noontime interview with WBZ-FM’s Scott Zolak and Mark Bertrand Thursday, he said Mancienne was in the building taking a medical — a physical, in soccer parlance — after flying into Boston this morning.
“Up until the deadline day next week, there’s a possibility (of) one more (transfer) coming in,” Friedel said.