Welcome to the first installment of a new series that will come out every Monday until the season begins. Each week, we will hunt down a former New England Revolution player and ask if the Revs miss him. This week we profile the infamous Jerry Bengtson.
Career with the Revolution
Bengtson joined the Revolution as a Designated Player in the summer of 2012. His arrival was highly touted, as club stated he was an “out-and-out striker” who excelled “in all aspects of the attack.”
Reviews were positive at first, as Bengtson scored in his debut against the New York Red Bulls. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a sign of things to come, as Bengtson only contributed four goals in 36 appearances.
On July 25, 2014, the Revs loaned Bengtson to Belgrano of Argentina. The year-long stint did little for the forward, who actually departed earlier than expected. Soon after, Bengtson parted ways with the Revs and moved to Iran.
Where is he now?
Bengtson linked up with Persepolis upon arriving in Iran. Here, he saw a dead sheep and scored seven goals. Persepolis, who were runners-up of the Iran Pro League, didn’t renew Bengtson’s contract.
After being rumored to sign with Naft Tehran, Bengtson ultimately joined Zob Ahan on a one-year deal. Bengtson recently scored against Padideh F.C. to help salvage a 1-1 draw.
Do the Revs miss him?
I’m certainly willing to defend the signing of Bengtson, but there’s no denying that his time in New England was disappointing. Since leaving, Bengtson hasn’t exactly lit up in the Iranian Football League, so you’d be hard-pressed to find any fans that want him back.
So, what do you think of Jerry Bengtson? Do you miss him? Are you surprised by his career path? Do you have a favorite memory? Let us know in the comments section below.