The Revolution don’t lack talent. From Juan Agudelo to Antonio Delamea, the club boasts a playoff-worthy Starting XI. But before First Kick 2018, something will need to change; that playoff-worthy lineup has rarely played like a contender this season.
In hopes of constructing a more competitive roster, the Revolution could pursue improvements through free agency. As it stands now, 26 MLS players will hit free agency at season’s end unless they negotiate a new contract with their team. Thirty-four more will hit free agency unless their club picks up their 2018 option. Could one of them latch on with the Revolution?
Let’s look at five players who stand a chance of hitting free agency (and who could meet a need for the Revolution):
- Jordan Harvey: The left back has played 2,000-plus minutes in each of his past five seasons with Whitecaps FC. He’s not a youthful alternative to Chris Tierney—he turns 34 in January—but if the Revolution want a proven commodity to enter the mix for starts, Harvey could bring value.
- Drew Moor: FC Dallas drafted Moor in the 2005 SuperDraft. Since then, the center back has played 31,000-plus minutes, made 17 playoff starts and won an MLS Cup (2010). His consistency and on-field intelligence could complement athletic defenders Antonio Delamea and Andrew Farrell.
- Chris Wingert: Wingert would bring comparable experience to Moor—23 playoff starts, 359 MLS appearances—while also offering the versatility to play every position along the back line. And, as an added bonus, he can still whip a dangerous cross into the box. Wingert could earn spot starts as the first defender off the bench.
- Kyle Beckerman: The 36-year-old midfielder has established himself as an MLS legend who served as a USMNT mainstay during the last World Cup cycle. Even at his age, he would bring leadership and bite to a Revolution team that could use a game-changer in the middle of the park.
- Brad Evans: The Revolution made the most of Kelyn Rowe’s versatility this season. Evans would give the Revs another renaissance man who could feature in the midfield and along the back line. And like many others on this list, he’s a natural leader who plays with tenacity.
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