At the beginning of the season, it looked like the New England Revolution would have three Designated Players once Xavier Kouassi joined the team. The defensive midfielder was officially added to the roster this week, but the Revs still have an open DP slot. That's because the club has used Targeted Allocation Money to pay down Jose Goncalves' salary, according to team staff writer and online host Jeff Lemieux.
It's also my understanding that Kamara and Kouassi are DPs, but #NERevs are now using TAM on Goncalves. So still two DPs on the roster.— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) July 7, 2016
Although Goncalves is no longer a DP, the Revs still have Kei Kamara and Kouassi on the books. Kamara scored two goals since being traded to the Revs on May 12. Kouassi was an off-season signing that suffered an injury while playing with FC Sion. It's unknown if the 26-year-old will play this year.
Changing Goncalves' DP status does give the Revs some roster flexibility, which is worth noting because the summer transfer window opened on Jul. 4.