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Alexander Büttner signs 2020 contract with New England Revolution

Jul 4, 2019; Commerce City, CO, USA; New England Revolution head coach Bruce Arena walks off the field during a weather delay in the first half against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. (Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution start their 2019 postseason campaign Saturday afternoon against Atlanta United, but the club is also already making preparations for the 2020 MLS season.

Dutch left back Alexander Büttner has signed a two-year contract with the team, a source told Pro Soccer USA on Wednesday morning.

Büttner, 30, joined the Revolution on trial in September after finishing his one-year contract with SBV Vitesse and told a Dutch media outlet on Oct. 3 he could be en route to MLS.

He has also played for Ajax, Manchester United, Dinamo Moscow and RSC Anderlecht, and reportedly turned down offers from Celtic FC and Rangers Football Club to join the Revolution.

A Revolution spokesperson declined to comment.

With Büttner now en route to Foxborough, New England currently has four players capable of playing left back on its roster ahead of 2020.

One is Edgar Castillo, a former United States men’s national team defender who joined New England during the winter but has missed the last month and half with a rib injury. Another is DeJuan Jones, a rookie who entered the league as a midfielder and has filled in for Castillo in recent weeks.

Veteran defender Jalil Anibaba mostly plays in central defense but has occasionally helped out on the left flank as well.

The Revolution may part with one of those players this offseason, especially since all three are at risk of being left unprotected and selected by either Nashville SC or Inter Miami CF in the expansion draft Nov. 19.

MLS Players Union figures indicated Castillo is making $250,000. Jones’ salary is $56,250 and Anibaba’s is $101,250.

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