MLS New England Revolution

Traustason on board as Revs motor toward start of season

For weeks, Revolution fans have bemoaned the lack of left wing depth in the 2021 roster, and wondered exactly when they would rectify it. On Tuesday morning, that answer came, and that left wing help arrived in Foxborough.

The Original Ten club announced it has signed Icelandic international Arnór Traustason, a midfielder, to a two-year contract with a one-year club option which will potentially keep him on Route 1 through the 2023 season.

The Boston Globe had news of the signing Monday night.

“Arnór is a talented player who brings a great deal of experience at both the international and club levels to our roster,” Revolution sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena said in a team statement. “We’re excited to welcome him into the team and hope to get him integrated as quickly as possible.”

The 27-year-old Traustason — who will turn 28 on April 30 — comes to the Revs via Swedish top flight champion Malmö FF, where he scored 17 goals and added 20 assists in over 100 appearances the last three seasons. In addition to the Swedish first division, Traustason has experience playing in the top levels of continental football, with 34 appearances in the UEFA Champions League as well as the Europa League.

WHAT SWEENS THINKS RIGHT NOW

Is this the piece of the puzzle that has been missing for so long?

With the addition of Traustason, New England now has veritable scoring threats all over the attacking half of the pitch. Between him, Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou, Adam Buksa, and Teal Bunbury, the Revs are looking to make a serious run at not only the Eastern Conference title, but the MLS Cup title, too.

Having played at the highest levels of European football should be a massive help to this club: he’s played in the last Euro competition in 2016, where Iceland made everyone fall in love with its grit and determination. He’s played in the Champions League and the Europa, so he’s faced some of the best footballers in the world there, too.

And much like Carles Gil’s arrival in 2019, he should take to MLS rather easily.

Now, if you’ve come here for Sweens’ other shoe to drop, I’ve honestly got nothing for you. There is so much upside for New England in this move. He’s in the prime of his career, and playing on turf shouldn’t bother him; he’s Icelandic, natural grass pitches don’t particularly do well, so he should not have a problem with the plastic pasture at Gillette Stadium.

And while I’m at it, holy Robert Kraft… between Traustason coming in as well as the Patriots’ signings over the last 24 hours, that’s a whole lot of pesos flying out of that boardroom.

At present, the Revs’ roster is as follows (unofficial composite breakdown):

Senior Roster
1 Gustavo Bou — INTL
2 Adam Buksa — INTL
3 Teal Bunbury
4 Arnór Traustason — 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
17 A.J. DeLaGarza
18 Emmanuel Boateng
19 OPEN
20 OPEN

Supplemental (21-24)

21 Tajon Buchanan
22 Scott Caldwell
23 Henry Kessler
24 Edward Kizza — INTL

Supplemental/Reserve (25-30)

25 Collin Verfurth
26 OPEN
27 OPEN
28 OPEN
29 Justin Rennicks
30 Damian Rivera

New England has all eight International slots occupied.