There’s a sad fact of pro sports, folks: roster turnover happens.
Players that don’t cut the mustard — and that includes fan favorites — are given their walking papers, or are traded/transferred to other teams. A good portion of the roster stays put, still in the middle of their deals, or have inked new ones thanks to their performances. Some are at the end of their contracts and would like a fresh opportunity at a new location. That happens.
And as we’re now within the final three months of the MLS regular season, some players will soon realize they are playing for next year’s club option or ultimately playing their way toward an inevitable release.
After one year in Foxborough when November arrives, Brad Friedel will want to make this Revolution roster his own, with players he acquires. Certain players from the Jay Heaps Era have found themselves falling down the depth chart as newer players enter the picture.
Since we’ve been on the Revolution beat, we feel we know this team pretty well in terms of week-to-week performances, or lack thereof. We don’t know exactly what the club will do when late November comes along in terms of roster moves. There are loads of variables at play, such as contract length, that aren’t released to the masses.
Case in point: at the start of 2016, Leominster native Diego Fagundez signed a multi-year contract extension with the Revolution. How many years is multi-year, exactly? We don’t know. It could be two. It could be three. It could be four. It could be five.
That being said, we’re going to try and step into the front office for a few minutes and try to figure out who is playing their last 12 matches in a Revolution shirt, and who’ll be sticking around when the calendar turns to the 2019 season.
I’ve identified six players that I believe will leave Foxborough, as well as five others who may find their way headed to the exits at the end of the season.
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