The summer transfer window, which closed Thursday, was certainly an active one as Giovani Dos Santos, Andrea Pirlo, and Didier Droga made their way to MLS. While most teams were active in the wheeling and dealing, the New England Revolution were silent for the third consecutive summer.
Was there a player that the Revs should've pounced on? Let's take a look.
Seth: Gaston Sauro (Transfer from FC Basel to Columbus Crew SC)
Crew SC used the final hours of the summer transfer window to acquire Sauro from FC Basel of the Swiss Super League. The 25-year-old defender has loads of potential as he's captured trophies in Argentina and Switzerland. A center back by trade, Sauro would create instant competition along the back line. If proven to be ready, Sauro could partner with Jose Goncalves, moving Andrew Farrell to right back. This wouldn't be a punishment for Farrell, who has actually performed well this year. Rather, it would be a move made to strengthen the Revs' defense.
Jake: Josh Williams (Waived by NYCFC, acquired by Toronto FC)
The Revolution have been hurting at center back and, to a lesser extent, right back due to injuries to Jermaine Jones, Darrius Barnes and Kevin Alston. This is nothing new but Barnes is on the disabled list, meaning there's an open roster spot for the Revs to sign a defender (or anyone). Enter the waived Williams, who had mainly featured as a right back in 2015 but has some experience at center back. Williams was acquired by Toronto last week.
His full MLS salary was at $125,000 but the Revs would probably not be on the hook for all of his cap hit in 2015. Not only can he play both positions that the Revs need, but he also went to a conference rival that has been struggling defensively as well. It seems like the Revs, who have been weak defensively since preseason, should have picked up the versatile MLS veteran.
Jon: Daneil Cyrus (On loan to the Chicago Fire)
Thoughts from Twitter:
@SethMan31 Easy. Gio.— DITF® (@DeepInTheFort) August 6, 2015
@SethMan31 honeslty, Drogba for half a season to make a cup run. Just for the fun of it.— Revs Citizen (@Revs_Citizen) August 6, 2015
@SethMan31 Kantari (TFC) or Sauro (CLB) because we need CB depth.— Paulo S. (@flakita_63) August 6, 2015