We know that the New England Revolution have signed a new Designated Player, and that’s about all we know.
On Tuesday, club president Brian Bilello announced that the Revs had come to terms with a new DP. The deal, which included a pre-contract, came with a promise that details would be available in the future. On Saturday, head coach Jay Heaps declined to offer any specifics.
"Out of respect right now, I think we’re doing it in a way so when we do announce we’re going to do it in conjunction with the player and the club," Heaps explained.
When the mystery player is officially added to the roster, he will be the fifth DP in Revs history. Milton Caraglio and Jerry Bengtson were international prospects that flamed out in MLS. Shalrie Joseph was given the coveted title after years of service, only to be traded after his sudden decline. Jermaine Jones, the team’s most recent Designated Player, brought on- and off-the-field value, even if his second season was underwhelming.
The arrival of a new Designated Player has increased locker room enthusiasm. But until he arrives, the players are focusing on those currently in camp.
"It’s always exciting when you have a Designated Player coming in," Charlie Davies explained. "All we know is who’s here. We have to jell really quickly and get on the same page. We’re all looking forward to starting preseason."