BOSTON- The New England Revolution could start the New Year with a pair of offensive signings. Both Charlie Davies and Esmaël Goncalves will have their contracts terminated with Randers and APOEL, respectively, and are expected to sign with the Revolution, according to numerous reports.
Davies, 27, is from Manchester, N.H. and joined the Revolution on loan from Randers last August. However, Davies made just four appearances off the bench, spending most of his time getting into competitive shape. Davies has been open about his desire to stay with New England, too. After the Revolution exited the playoffs in November, Davies told the media he was looking forward to spending the off-season training in preparation for the 2014 preseason, which starts on Jan. 25.
"We have over the last few months had a very good dialogue with Charlie and [we've come to an agreement that he can continue in MLS]," said Randers manager Peter Christiansen, adding that Davies and his family want him to stay in the U.S. and that Randers is strong enough offensively to allow the transfer.
Goncalves (nicknamed Isma), 22, plays both striker and winger. On Wednesday, a report surfaced from the player's native Portugal that Rio Ave and Goncalves agreed to a mutual contract termination.
Goncalves was born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau but is a naturalized Portuguese citizen. As a youngster, he played for both Boavista and Nice, attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool at age 18. Nice eventually signed Goncalves to a senior contract, but let him go in 2012 to Rio Ave.
The young journeyman spent last year on loan. His first spell was in Scotland to St. Mirren where he played in 12 games and scored three goals. He then moved to APOEL in July where he helped his team win the Cypriot championship by netting three goals in ten games.
Goncalves has no international experience save for a brief stint with the Portugal U-17 team from 2007 to 2008. His biggest opportunity with Os Navegadores came when he was called to a training camp for the 2011 U-17 World Cup. However, Goncalves showed up to the camp out of shape and was cut from the team.
Juan Agudelo won't be back
Even though Juan Agudelo left the Revolution at the end of last season, there was hope during the early part of the off-season that he would return when his work permit appeal to play for Stoke City was declined.
The Revolution still own the rights to Agudelo should he ever opt to return to MLS, though he looks poised to move to Spanish La Liga's Valencia some time this month. Agudelo has been removed from the Revolution's roster on the club's website and a report surfaced last week that he would not return in 2014.
Agudelo was a leading factor in the Revolution's 2013 playoff run. His seven goals, plus his hold up play, helped bolster the Revolution's offense and strengthened Jay Heaps' offensive, possession-based style.
Signing Davies on a permanent deal and then bringing in Goncalves will give the Revolution more depth, if not someone to be the new standard bearer in place of Agudelo.
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