Sweeney: Somi’s departure a good thing – for both player and team

The Revolution announced Friday afternoon they have parted ways with defender Gabriel Somi, as the Original Ten outfit and the Syrian international have mutually agreed to terminate his contract effectively immediately.

Somi had arrived in Foxborough in January 2018 following six professional seasons in the Allsvensken, Sweden’s top flight.

While with the Revolution, Somi made 14 appearances, all of which coming last season, including 12 starts; he registered two early-season assists, his last coming on April 6, 2018, a 4-0 win over Montreal. However, as the season evolved, Somi — signed as a left back — fell out of favor with then-manager Brad Friedel, and made his last start and appearance on July 18, a 2-1 loss to Minnesota United, coming off in the 67th minute.

He made one additional squad in 2018, on August 4 at Orlando City.

Outside of an appearance during the recent friendly match with Chelsea FC five weeks ago, Somi had not appeared in a regular match and only had made one squad — at Columbus on April 6 — in 2019.

Somi’s departure brings the Revolution roster to 25 players, and also frees up an international roster spot headed into the Secondary Transfer Window next month.

BSJ Analysis

For both sides, this needed to be done. Desperately needed to be done.

For Somi, yes, without a doubt: when you haven’t played in anything but internationals