Updated with analysis: Revs quiet in last hours of transfer window

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Updated, 1:30 p.m.

With the lunch hour passing us by and with no press releases heading out of the soccer side of Patriot Place, it's pretty safe to presume the Revolution made no moves as the Secondary Transfer Window shut at 12:59 a.m. ET early Thursday morning.

That means the club’s summer business ceased Monday when New England sent Krisztian Nemeth to Sporting Kansas City.

Outside of Nemeth leaving, the club brought in two players earlier in the window were defensive midfielder Cristhian Machado, and centerback Michael Mancienne.

Manager Brad Friedel noted on The Sports Hub Wednesday afternoon that no deals were imminent, but that was 13 hours before the window closed.


While the transfer window has closed, teams still have until September 14 to sign out-of-contract players, which means there is technically still time to add to the squad before the rosters freeze for the remainder of the season, until the day after the MLS Cup Final.

With no deals made, it means the club will move on to the last 12 matches of the regular season with 26 of a possible 30 roster spots filled, including Chris Tierney, who is on the season-ending injury list.

The Revolution are still awaiting Mancienne’s work permit before they can add him to the roster.

Nemeth went back to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for $350,000 in allocation money and a 2020 first-round SuperDraft selection. The Nemeth deal also opened up a previously-unavailable international slot for the Revolution: MLS teams had eight slots for overseas players for 2018, but Nemeth had taken up two slots — his own, as well as one the Revs traded to Columbus in order to acquire the striker as he returned to the league after a stint in Qatar.

That trade offered hope to Midnight Riders and Rebellion members — official and unofficial — in Revs Colony that the club would turn around and use that international slot on one of the areas of need in the squad: left back, or a proven finisher to help the team make a serious run at MLS Cup.

However, Tuesday’s media availability at training dampened those hopes.

“Deals are always possibilities,” Friedel said Tuesday. “If we can get one over the line, then great. If we can’t, then great: we have a very good squad here.

“Whether a deal can get resurrected or started knowing that paperwork needs to be filed at a certain time, some deals are better to be made in January, some can happen now. All I can tell you is it’s a possibility. It’s not an inevitability.”

If there are no additional players brought in before Sept. 14, Friedel will then look to the offseason and the Primary Transfer Window.

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