MLS New England Revolution

A look at the Revs’ depth chart headed into Christmas

We’re not expecting much over the next few days in terms of signings, as Major League Soccer shuts down and takes a much needed breather for the Christmas holiday.

That being said, let’s update the Revolution depth chart, as well as look at the composite roster following some moves earlier this week.

Here’s how we here at the Soccer Sentinel see the Revs’ starting XI, and with two notable exceptions, this is the same XI that closed the season. We’ve moved Wilfrid Kaptoum into the No. 6 hole ahead of Tommy McNamara, both of whom were signed and re-signed, respectively, this week.

In addition, even though rumors are ripe of an Alexander Büttner move away from Foxborough, we don’t deal with rumor here: until he leaves, he is a member of the squad. I don’t know too much about Christian Mafla yet, and I’m hoping to speak with Bruce Arena in the new year to see how he fits into the gaffer’s plans.

It does make me wonder where Arena sees DeJuan Jones now in terms of positioning, given New England now has two internationals at left back. Could he move Jones to share right back duties with Brandon Bye, therefore moving Tajon Buchanan back into the attacking half of the midfield?

Signing Kaptoum and re-signing McNamara puts New England at quite a bit of depth at the Nos. 6 and 8, much like it did when 2020 started, when the Revs had Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, Luis Caicedo, Scott Caldwell, and Wilfried Zahibo available. Of course, Caicedo went down with an injury, Zahibo gave way to McNamara, and Arena brought in Matt Polster.

And as of right now, Arena has not done too much in terms of making any additions to the top half of the pitch, the attacking players all under contract. And while the goal total was down, we can look at Carles Gil‘s absence due to injury as a critical factor in that. Having him healthy in 2021 should help.

And outside of the addition of Mafla at left back, there is still depth concerns at center back, where Henry Kessler and Andrew Farrell, the last two club Defenders of the Year, maintain control in front of Matt Turner.

Senior Roster
1 Gustavo Bou — INTL
2 Adam Buksa — INTL
3 Teal Bunbury
4 Alexander Büttner — INTL
5 Brandon Bye
6 Luis Caicedo — INTL
7 Andrew Farrell
8 Carles Gil — INTL
9 DeJuan Jones
10 Brad Knighton
11 Matt Polster
12 Matt Turner
13 Earl Edwards, Jr
14 Christian Mafla — INTL
15 Tommy McNamara
16 Wilfrid Kaptoum — INTL

Supplemental (21-24)
21 Tajon Buchanan
22 Scott Caldwell
23 Henry Kessler

Supplemental/Reserve (25-30)
25 Collin Verfurth
29 Justin Rennicks
30 Damian Rivera

Currently, New England has seven of eight International slots occupied. Also take note, this roster set up is not official; Arena may see Buchanan and Kessler, both of whom were Generation Adidas selections the last two seasons, as part of the Senior Roster. It is also entirely possible that Earl Edwards, Jr. moves into the No. 24 slot, or into Nos. 26-28; Jeff Caldwell was on the 21-24 Supplemental in 2020.