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Bruce Arena: “We talked to players abroad about opportunities here in New England”

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According to Bruce Arena, the New England Revolution are looking abroad to help bolster their roster heading into the 2021 season.

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The New England had a disappointing end to their 2020 season. After making a run in the MLS Cup Playoffs, they came up short in the Eastern Conference Finals. If they want to improve they need to make some moves and it looks like Bruce Arena is already getting to work.

Arena stated after the club’s loss to the Columbus Crew that he wanted to bring in two or three players in the offseason. New England’s decision to not bring back Diego Fagundez, Cristian Penilla, Kelyn Rowe, and Lee Nguyen only exasperated the need for the Revs to make a splash this offseason.

Now New England still has some players that they will build around, Carles Gil, Matt Turner, Teal Bunbury, Andrew Farrell, Gustavo Bou, and Scott Caldwell will be returning alongside young stars like Henry Kessler and Tajon Buchanan.

But there is some room for improvement. Adam Buksa has shown that he might not be worth the designated player label. Could New England turn him into a TAM player opening up another DP spot?

Arena spoke to the media on Wednesday and when talking about the challenges of the offseason in the middle of a pandemic, revealed that the club has already been working on possible moves.

He said. “Even today we talked to players abroad about opportunities here in New England. We’ve been able to do that. But the pandemic is challenging, and it will be likely next year when you think about bringing them in here. There’ll probably be some quarantine protocol that we have to adhere to. There’s all those challenges.”

Arena holds weight in MLS but also around the world. He is the most successful USMNT coach with the most international wins in USMNT history as well the best performance in a World Cup in USMNT history with his 2002 squad making it all the way to the quarterfinals. It was their best finish since 1930.

If anyone would be able to bring a big name to New England, it would be Arena. Revs fans should stay tuned for what should be an interesting offseason.