The New England Revolution declined options on six players, including former captain Claude Dielna, on Monday morning in the club’s first sweeping personnel changes of the off-season.
Dielna said last week that he did not intend to return to New England in 2019 after spending most of the past season off the bench, but the Revs made his departure official along with those of rookie defenders Mark Segbers and Nico Samoyoa; midfielders Guillermo Hauche and Cristhian Machado; and forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen.
Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney’s contracts will also likely be allowed to expire on Jan. 1, as Agudelo is linked to clubs in Mexico, Spain, and Turkey while Tierney is almost 33 and coming off a torn ACL.
The Revs picked up options on all three of their goalkeepers: Matt Turner, Brad Knighton, and Cody Cropper, though Cropper, as a former national team prospect, could be ripe for a trade in the coming months.
Kelyn Rowe is another player the Revolution may opt to trade. He’s struggled to fit into head coach Brad Friedel’s tactics and is eligible for free agency in 2020, at which time it’s widely believed he will make an attempt to sign with his hometown Seattle Sounders FC.
Diego Fagundez, who is also linked with a potential exit from the club, had his option picked up as well, as did defenders Andrew Farrell, Antonio Delamea, Jalil Anibaba; midfielders Brandon Bye, Scott Caldwell, and Zach Herivaux; and forward Brian Wright.
The club acquired Cristian Penilla and Luis Caicedo on permanent contracts last Friday.
In addition, defenders Michael Mancienne and Gabriel Somi and midfielders Isaac Anking and Wilfried Zahibo are already under contract for 2019.
Overall, there are no surprises in who the Revolution chose to cut, though given the inconsistent performances by so many of the players in the last two years it wouldn’t have been a stretch to see more go.
One of the candidates to potentially leave was Somi, who was left off the bench lamented a lack of communication on Friedel’s part and playing out of position.
Farrell and Delamea were also unsure about their statuses with the club during the final media availability of the season.
New England’s roster could be trimmed further by trades and the expansion draft for Cincinatti FC, which enters Major League Soccer in 2019.