Don’t be surprised if the New England Revolution look a bit different next year.
After Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact, several players spoke to the media for the last time in 2018. A popular topic of discussion was who would be back with the club next year. While Claude Dielna was the only player to flatly say he won’t be returning, there were plenty that were a bit coy.
Juan Agudelo, who is reportedly out of contract, still has interest in playing abroad after spending time with FC Utrecht in 2014. The attacker wasn’t ready to reveal his plans, but did say he has to “weigh the options.”
Diego Fagundez’s future is also uncertain, as his father tweeted that Sunday could be the Homegrown’s last game at Gillette Stadium. Fagundez didn’t directly comment on his father’s words, stating that he doesn’t “know exactly what was in the tweet.” He did, however, leave his options open.
“Don’t get me wrong, I like playing for these coaches,” Fagundez said. “You can tell they’re hungry and want to win games and make sure we’re winning cups.”
“Whatever happens, happens. Right now, we’re happy where we are — and it’s not up to me, exactly, what the decision is — just looking forward to what’s coming up.”
Fagundez confirmed that next year is an option year while also saying that he has ambitions to play outside of MLS, something that he thinks “everyone is interested” in.
Rowe was also asked about his future, especially given the frustrating year that he’s had under a new coaching regime. When asked about his contract status, Rowe offered very little.
“That’s a question for (general manager) Mike Burns,” Rowe commented.
Rowe was later asked if he wanted to be in New England long-term, a question that he ignored, opting to wait for another reporter to speak.
Earlier in the night, Friedel stated that the players would learn about their status with the club next week. This includes Cristian Penilla and Luis Caicedo, who are both on loan.
Friedel stated that those who remain with the Revs will “definitely be committed players.” He also spoke about future signings, saying that they will serve as an indicator of what the club hopes to become.
“You’ll see as the signings are made,” Friedel said. “They’ll be very prominent. [It] won’t be difficult for you to detect where we want to improve as the signings are announced.”