FOXBOROUGH, MASS. — New England Revolution coach Brad Friedel is adamant that his side will sign another designated player in the near future, but preached patience on the transaction on Sunday night.
The Revolution probably could have used reinforcements after losing 2-0 to expansion side FC Cincinnati on a night that Friedel also questioned his team’s work ethic for parts of the game.
That said, the rumors about the incoming signing date back to a comment club president Brian Bilello made on Twitter at the end of 2018.
Didn't mean to imply that. One if not both will be DP.
— Brian Bilello (@RevsPrez) January 25, 2019
Friedel, who said Sunday night he would have preferred for the club to stay mum on the transfer target, offered more context as to the timing and identity of the supposed future acquisition.
“This is a player that has been scouted a long, long time, who I know personally and have known for many, many years,” said Friedel, who played at Liverpool, Tottenham, Blackburn, Aston Villa, Brondby, and Galatasaray over the course of his career.
“This is a player who wants to play here – who wants to live here. It’s not easy to find those players like that who are very, very good. Sometimes waiting a couple extra months is worth the wait for the long term.”
New England was linked with a number of international players in January, including Bojan Krkic. They acquired Spanish midfielder Carles Gil, the team’s current leading scorer, and forward Juan Fernando Caicedo.
But Friedel explicitly said Sunday that his staff has been given the resources to sign two DPs and has invested in scouting.
Friedel also cautioned that international signings from Europe are difficult to secure during the winter months, as teams are still in midseason.
“Getting a player out from Europe in January is really difficult,” said Friedel. “It’s nothing to do with money, it’s having to do with the club allowing the player to leave – that’s really what it amounts to.
“We’re negotiating hard, and not money, on where the team is in the table, the position, and when the player can be released from his contract.”