The Bent Musket has learned today that former USA international forward Nate Jaqua, who was selected by the New England Revolution in the Re-Entry Draft this offseason, is currently evaluating his options for the next stage of his career, according to team sources. Those options include retirement.
Jaqua was apparently extended a contract offer by the Revs through the league after his selection in the Re-Entry Draft, but his camp never responded. The offer was rescinded, and since then the team has been told that he is exploring all of his options, including hanging it up at the age of 30.
Jaqua most recently turned out for the Seattle Sounders, making 66 regular season appearances and scoring nine goals. He hadn't scored a league goal since 2009, however, his first season in Seattle. Before joining the Rave Green, Jaqua had successful stops with the Chicago Fire, Los Angeles Galaxy, and Houston Dynamo. Sandwiched within his tenure in Houston was a short but productive stint in Austria with SC Rheindorf Altach, where he made 13 league appearances and scored five goals. If he retires now, he will finish his MLS career with 197 appearances, 41 goals, and 29 assists in regular season play, along with 18 postseason appearances, tallying two goals and two assists.
Though recent regular-season numbers may be underwhelming, Jaqua has traditionally had great success in the U.S. Open Cup. He was the 2010 Player of the Tournament, notching five goals in four games as co-leading scorer, and was an integral part of the Sounders' back-to-back-to-back Cup titles in the last three seasons. Jaqua also had experience in the SuperLiga and CONCACAF Champions' Cup (now Champions' League) with the Dynamo.
Standing at 6'4" and sporting a bruising 200-plus pound frame, Jaqua was lauded both for his ability to hold up the ball and for his aerial prowess. From 2006-2008, his good form in MLS and Austria won him three caps for the US National Team, earning his first in a pre-World Cup match against Norway, the very same match where New England's own Taylor Twellman notched a hat-trick.
The Revolution have obviously made moves while keeping Jaqua's status in mind, having already signed Saer Sene and Jose Moreno, both of whom are tall, broad strikers who could probably do the job that would be asked of Nate. Moreno, of course, may not be arriving at all, putting the organization in a tight spot at striker if Jaqua elects to retire. Either way, Jaqua currently does not have an offer from the Revolution on the table, and it seems probable that he will never suit up in Foxboro.