- Sep 27, 2016
Revs looking pretty good tonight until Zlatan decided to go Full Zlatan.
I'm told the #NERevs have completed the transfer of Argentine striker Gustavo Bou from Club Tijuana for a fee between $6-7 million. Bruce Arena really is a miracle worker for getting the historically stingy Revs to spend that kind of money. #MLS
If they were allowed to choose, I think the Revs would probably prefer to charter on the day of the game than fly commercial the night before.Ouch, the Revs flight to DC yesterday was cancelled so they had to charter a plane and it just got them there now:
More telling than any run of results, however, is in the increased investment around the club. Long one of the lowest-spending ownership groups in MLS, the Krafts have finally started to open the checkbook for the Revolution. It started with the training facility, which will be one of the finest in the league once it’s completed. Executives at other clubs around MLS were skeptical that the club would fire Burns and Friedel while there was still time left in both of their contracts, but the fact that the Krafts took action was another sign. Hiring Arena on a seven-figure salary, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the league, according to sources, was another.
And then there is the signing of Argentine forward Gustavo Bou from Club Tijuana, the latest and perhaps most significant signal of the Revs’ intent yet. The club made the announcement last Wednesday, and Frank Dell’Appa reported in The Boston Globe that the Revolution will be paying between $12 and $16 million in combined transfer fee and salary for the 29-year-old designated player. A source confirmed those numbers to The Athletic.
Another investment could be a USL team. Dell’Appa and Jonathan Sigal reported for the New England Soccer Journal in June that the Revs were “considering” launching a USL team in 2020, and sources confirmed that the Revs have held discussions with the USL about launching their own squad in USL League One—the third-division of American soccer—next year.