The English center back, who has been one of the highest-earning defensive players in Major League Soccer for the past two seasons, signed a new, one-year contract Monday that will pay him $400,000, excluding bonuses, two sources confirmed to Pro Soccer USA. The new deal includes one club option year.
A Revolution spokesperson declined to comment on the specifics of Mancienne’s contract.
That New England declined Mancienne’s 2020 contract option – which would have paid him $1 million – and persuaded him to sign a more modest deal is a significant bit of negotiating by Revolution head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena, who started this week with only two true center backs on his roster.
Mancienne scored one goal in 16 appearances last season, but also missed 12 games due to plantar fasciitis and was mostly limited to a supporting role as Antonio Delamea and Andrew Farrell became Arena’s starting center backs.
Now Mancienne, 31, has a fresh opportunity to meet the expectations the Revolution placed on him when they acquired him in July 2018 as the league’s highest-paid defensive player on a $1.28 million salary and made him club captain.
Mancienne’s new contract does not require the Revolution to use Targeted Allocation Money or General Allocation Money, as his new salary falls beneath $530,000 maximum for non-Designated Players.