The Revolution made its first acquisition of the offseason — and the worst-kept secret official — Thursday morning, as they announced the signing of 30-year-old Dutch defender Alexander Büttner.
As per club policy, terms of the deal were not announced, but the club announced in its news release that it used Targeted Allocation Money in order to secure Büttner. He is not the long-awaited third designated player, and he will slide into one of the Revolution’s international slots for the 2020 season.
The Büttner-to-Foxborough rumors had rumbled for several weeks, and had picked up steam two weeks ago before New England’s exit from the MLS Cup Playoffs. Büttner has plenty of top-flight experience in Europe, where he has made 275 appearances in all competitions in 12 seasons as a pro, and should easily fit into the Revolution back line.
Unquestionably, Büttner has a championship pedigree, having been part of winning two titles in his career, as well as playing on the biggest stages in European football, including over 2,000 minutes in the UEFA Champions League as well as the Europa League.
After starting his career with SBV Vitesse, he moved on to English giants Manchester United, where he had a part-time role in helping the Red Devils win the Premier League in 2012. He also played for Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League, and had a loan spell with Belgian side RSC Anderlecht before returning to Vitesse in 2017.
“Alexander brings experience at the game's most competitive levels, and his skill and pedigree will make him an important asset for the club on and off the field,” Bruce Arena said in a team-prepared statement.
He will be added to the roster when his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate is acquired.
It seems like Arena is not playing checkers, folks, and it’s only Nov. 1.