Brian Bilello said recently that the New England Revolution planned to reach a roster number of 25-26 players very soon, and so far they have continued to deliver on that promise. Late camp addition Je-Vaughn Watson was acquired from FC Dallas, per team release.
The price was the Revs' natural third-round pick in the 2017 draft. By anyone's standards, not a steep price for a versatile, 32-year old veteran with over 100 career appearances in MLS.
"Je-Vaughn is a versatile player who brings significant experience in both MLS and the international stage to the roster," said Mike Burns in the release. "We're confident he will play a valuable role for this team."
Watson spent his first two MLS seasons with the Houston Dynamo before moving to FC Dallas for the last three. He is listed as a defender/midfielder, but that doesn't really capture the breadth of his positional variety. He has lined up at every position across the back line, as well as holding and central midfield. His flexibility adds a very comforting layer of depth to the defense, especially after a 2015 season where a thin back line was the Revs' greatest weakness.
His MLS stats are solid, if unremarkable: 119 league appearances (78 with Dallas, 41 with Houston), seven goals (six with Dallas, one with Houston), and six assists (four with Dallas, two with Houston). In 2015 he made 23 appearances (22 starts) and logged 1986 minutes in Frisco, before proceeding to start all four of Dallas' post-season matches, assisting on two goals.
Born in May Pen, Jamaica, Watson has also suited up for the Reggae Boyz 52 times, scoring once. He started in all but one of Jamaica's 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign, including the losing effort against Mexico in the Final.
Watson, like many current Revolution players, also has some experience losing an MLS Cup to the Galaxy, as he was with the Houston Dynamo for their 2011 defeat at the hands of Donovan, Beckham, and company.