MLS New England Revolution

Revolution add former Barcelona product Wilfrid Kaptoum to 2021 squad

The Revolution have been on a signing train this week, first picking up Colombian left back Christian Mafla on Monday, and re-signing midfielder Tommy McNamara on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, though, New England laid out a holiday gift for Revs fans — a new defensive midfielder.

The Original Ten MLS side announced Wednesday morning they have signed Cameroonian midfielder Wilfrid Kaptoum on a free transfer, who will take up the club’s seventh international slot in 2021.

The 24-year-old Kaptoum comes to Foxborough via time in the Spanish second division, but not only that, the midfielder came up through the FC Barcelona system, La Masia, since the age of 12. He made three first-team appearances with Barcelona, making his debut in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League and Copa Del Rey campaigns, while performing for Barcelona’s B team.

“Wilfrid Kaptoum is a talented central midfielder who has been developed in an excellent soccer culture. He will bring a great work ethic and experience to our team,” New England sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena said in a club statement. “Wilfrid’s pace and passing ability will help strengthen our midfield. We believe he will be a quality addition to the Revolution, and we look forward to his arrival in Foxborough.”

Three days after Barcelona severed his contract, Kaptoum signed with Real Betis in January 2018, where he spent two years in the program. He made his Betis debut in the UEFA Europa League, and also performed for Los Verdiblancos in the Copa Del Rey.

This past January, Betis loaned him to Spanish second division side Uníon Deportiva Almeria, where he made nine appearances along with seven starts.

In all, Kaptoum has made over 100 appearances, mainly in the second division, and has received call-ups to the Cameroonian men’s national team, yet has not been capped.