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New England Revolution, Gabriel Somi agree to contract termination

Somi had not played in a competitive game since July 19, 2018.

Apr 21, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New England Revolution defender Gabriel Somi (91) against the Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Gabriel Somi and the New England Revolution agreed to part ways on Friday afternoon by terminating the defender’s contract. Somi was paid $425,000 per year in guaranteed compensation, according to the MLS Players’ Union.

Somi played once for the Revolution this season — a substitute appearance in a charity match against Chelsea on May 15 — and struggled to even make the bench over the past nine months despite being the club’s sixth-highest-paid player.

He is eligible to be claimed off waivers by the 23 other MLS teams within 48 hours of his departure from the Revolution.

A source close to Somi, 27, said the player has already started looking for a new club outside MLS.

Somi joined the Revolution in January 2018 from Sweden’s Östersunds FK. He was expected to be a successor to longtime left back Chris Tierney and started 12 of the club’s first 14 games last season.

But Somi, a Syria international, slowly fell out of favor with then-head coach Brad Friedel, who did not deploy the defender in a competitive game after July 19, 2018.

Pro Soccer USA reported in May that New England turned down $150,000 in allocation money from FC Cincinnati for Somi’s services in the offseason. A Revolution spokesperson called the report “wildly inaccurate” but did not elaborate on which details were inaccurate, citing club policy.

By parting with Somi, the Revolution have opened up an international roster slot.

The next MLS transfer window opens July 9 and closes on Aug. 7.

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