The Revolution announced Wednesday afternoon they have signed former Chicago Fire defender Matt Polster, a move which represents a massive boost to New England’s squad depth in the back — as well as in the defensive midfield.
While the club did not announce terms of the deal as per policy, reports earlier this week out of Scotland — Polster recently played for Scottish Premier League side Glasgow Rangers FC — suggest The Boys In Blue paid a whopping £350,000 for his transfer. The Daily Record reported Polster has signed a 2 1/2-year deal which would keep him in Foxborough through the 2022 season, with an option for the 2023 season.
In addition, while the Revolution would not have to give up their place in the Allocation Order for Polster’s return to the United States, New England will send Chicago $100,000 in 2021’s General Allocation Money allotment for Polster’s MLS right, which could rise as high as $200,000 if certain performance metrics are met.
“We are pleased to have Matt join the Revolution,” Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said, only a few hours after confirming that the club would announce a signing this week. “Matt is a talented player, very athletic, and technically sound. His experience in MLS and his ability to play in multiple positions makes him a great addition to our roster.”
The 27-year-old was born in Milwaukee and raised in Las Vegas, and was the seventh overall selection in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago. He would play the next three-plus seasons in Bridgeview, where he played 82 league matches and scored three times to go along with 10 helpers. His missed most of the 2018 season with an MCL injury, before he went on trial with Rangers in December of that year.
The Glasgow side signed him to a 2 1/2-year deal in January 2019, but he only made 10 appearances across all competitions.
The signing of Polster gives New England — and primarily Arena — flexibility in selection, with the Nevadan able to play several positions, primarily right back and in defensive midfield. A £350,000 transfer fee suggests that Polster would be a starter.
Brandon Bye is currently the main choice at right back with Andrew Farrell holding down the right side of the center back pairing since last summer, but with space in the defensive midfield courtesy Luis Caicedo’s absence following March knee surgery, Polster could see plenty of time there.
New England’s options at the 6 and 8 are currently Wilfried Zahibo, Diego Fagundez, Damien Rivera, Scott Caldwell, and Kelyn Rowe.
Polster’s signing brings the New England roster to 28, including Caicedo.