There is no substitute for Tajon Buchanan, let’s get that straight out of the way. It was the SuperDraft selection based on the adidas Generation contract. New England was a superstar/key Canadian international/turned $7 million to a Champions League club in a supplemental position on the roster. This means that it is not counted in their salary budget.
Once again: there is no way to replace his quality/value combination on the cap.
Lletget, 29, has thrived under the Arena with the Galaxy and with the national team. There’s a reason it’s on all of Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT camps these days, even if part of the internet seems to be a scapegoat when things aren’t going well. He is a very good MLS player and can see his goal contributions increase along with Revs’ offensive talent.
During his introductory press conference, he spoke at length about playing only one position in New England, which he called the attacking midfield.
Lletget said: “As far as my position is, I’ve always been an attacking midfielder. It was part of some of the issues I had in my previous team, which bounced from one position to the other, and I never did. I was given this opportunity to master one position. That was always the case. Something I’ve never really understood, but it’s always criticized that way. Maybe because I can play other positions, but my goal is always to master one. I think one of the biggest conversations I’ve had with Bruce is, ‘Is this the kind of role I can play? On this team?” And his answer was yes. That’s kind of what he was already thinking. We definitely saw it head on.”
Would it be 10th or 8th prior to Matt Poulster’s contract as D-Med? The Polster midfield trio sitting behind Lletget and Gil will be among the best in the MLS. Or, if Lletget plays a little further forward with a more defensive partner for Polester, it will push Jill to the right wing.
If Buksa remains, the Arena will have to figure out the best way to put Gil, Buksa, Bou and Lletget on the field. The narrow 4-4-2 diamonds they ended the year in seemed to make the most sense. But Doyle brought up the 3-5-2 idea in his season review for the Revs which definitely piqued my interest, even if I’d be surprised if we saw that.