Revolution acquires a pair of players | Sports

FOXBORO — The New England Revolution has acquired midfielder Ismael Tajouri-Shradi from Los Angeles FC in exchange for $400,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM). LAFC would receive an additional $200,000 in GAM if Tajouri-Shradi is re-signed for the 2024 season. The 28-year-old Libyan forward will count as a national player on New England’s roster as he holds a US green card.

“We welcome Ismael to the New England Revolution. He’s a great attacking player who we’ve come up against often over the past few years,” said Bruce Arena, Revolution’s sporting director and head coach. believe his offensive qualities will complete our team and we look forward to his arrival here in Foxboro.”

Tajouri-Shradi has 90 MLS appearances, including 49 starts, with 28 goals and nine assists in five MLS seasons, including his first four with New York City FC. The left-handed winger scored 26 goals for NYCFC from 2018-21, helping guide the Bronx Blues to four straight MLS Cup playoff appearances. In 2021, Tajouri-Shradi scored seven goals in 23 games and added a playoff assist as New York won its first MLS Cup title.

Ahead of the 2022 season, Tajouri-Shradi was selected in the final MLS expansion draft by Charlotte FC before being immediately traded to Los Angeles FC. With LAFC, he scored two goals in six substitute appearances for current leaders Supporters Shield.

Before arriving in MLS in 2018, Tajouri-Shradi played for FK Austria Wien and SC Rheindorf Altach of the Austrian Bundesliga. He was loaned to Rheindorf Altach in January 2014, where he made his senior professional debut, and made 62 appearances for the club over the next two seasons. Tajouri-Shradi returned to Austria Wien in 2016 and scored eight goals in 49 appearances before leaving for MLS midway through the 2017-18 season.

Tajouri-Shradi, born in Switzerland to Libyan parents and raised in Austria, was capped four times by the Libyan national team. His four international starts came in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in 2018.

Revs acquire GK Diop from Inter Miami CF

The Revolution also acquired goalkeeper Clément Diop from Inter Miami CF in exchange for $125,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money. As a US green card holder, Diop will not occupy a spot on the international roster.

“Clément Diop is a goalkeeper I know well since my time at LA Galaxy. He is an experienced and athletic goalkeeper and will provide depth to our goalkeeping corps,” said Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena. “We welcome Clement to the New England Revolution.”

Diop, 28, joins the Revolution in the middle of his seventh season in MLS. The French-born Senegalese goalkeeper has 50 starts in MLS and 10 clean sheets between his stints with Inter Miami (2022), CF Montreal (2018-21) and LA Galaxy (2016-17). First signed to LA Galaxy II in 2015, where he was coached by current Revolution technical director Curt Onalfo, Diop then rose to the Galaxy’s MLS roster under Bruce Arena in 2016.

Diop then made 17 MLS starts for Los Angeles over the next two seasons, before recording 30 league appearances for Montreal from 2019-21. Diop recorded a career-high 20 starts during the 2020 campaign and played a key role in Montreal’s 2019 Canadian Championship title race with four appearances in the tournament.

With LA Galaxy II, Diop led Los Dos to the 2015 USL Championship, making 24 starts with a 1.12 goals-against average during the regular season. In the playoffs, he added two more shutouts and allowed just one goal in four starts en route to the league title.

The Revolution will resume the 2022 MLS regular season on Saturday, August 6 at Orlando City SC.