A move back to Europe could be in the cards for Jose Goncalves, according to an interview a Swiss outlet conducted with the player in March 2015.
In the interview posted by Swiss Made Football, which Goncalves retweeted on Thursday, the center back expressed a desire to return to Switzerland. The move could happen "within a year"
"I always said that I would return to Switzerland, I think within a year," Goncalves said, according to an internet translation. "We’ll see how it happens this year, but I didn’t want to spend more than three years in the United States."
Goncalves joined the New England Revolution in 2013 on loan from FC Sion. His inaugural season was sensational, leading to him being named as MLS Defender of the Year. Soon after, Goncalves became a full-time Revs player as the club exercised his purchase option.
Goncalves spoke highly of MLS in the interview, saying that it's a "great" league. The pursuit of a European move is more predicated on his drive to settle down and have a family.
"It is a different lifestyle with long trips," Goncalves said. "It shouldn’t be the desire to make all these trips that are painful in the long run. The fatigue. It is a different style of life than in Switzerland."
If Goncalves does leave the Revolution, he would be the second key defender to do so in two years. A.J. Soares made the jump abroad this year, eventually linking up with Viking of Norway.