Despite sudden slump, New England Revolution pledge to avoid panic buying during transfer window
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The transfer window has opened, and the New England Revolution are mired in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
But the Revs insist they won't be filling spots for the sake of making noise. Instead, they're looking to complete a scouting process that has been ongoing for months now.
General manager Michael Burns does insist, however, that the club needs to get consistent, regardless of whether an infusion of new blood is delivered.
“For us it’s really a 12-month process, and you’re always evaluating,” Burns told the media prior to Saturday night’s 1-0 home loss to Chicago. “At times we’ve played really well and at times we’ve struggled a little bit. So, we’re looking to add a guy to come in who hopefully can help us find a little more consistency.
“That being said, if we get a guy or two that comes in, great. And if we don’t, we do feel confident with the locker room that we have. I think we’ve shown that we can play, and beat anyone in the league.”
Currently the Revolution have two open roster spots to work with. Although Burns would not divulge exactly what on-field needs they are looking to address, he did confirm that they are looking to strengthen in a couple of positions.
He also wouldn’t say whether the team was looking internationally or through the trade market, but maintained that specific options are currently being targeted.
“We’re in discussions with a couple of different people and at this point it’s just discussions,” Burns said. “We have a couple of different scenarios right now that we’re looking at, and so it would be getting a little ahead of ourselves to divulge too much on that.
“They are players that we’ve monitored for a while.”
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On the flip side, Burns said that the Revs have not received any formal offers for any of the players they currently have in-house, but that they are open to any that may come.
Ultimately, his goal is to solidify his streaky squad with one or two more fresh faces.
“Our main objective in this window is to try to strengthen the team for the second half,” said Burns. “Whether that’s an international signing or whether that’s a move inside the league, that’s what we’re going to do.”