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New England signs Caraglio as first DP

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The New England Revolution have taken a step in the right direction to shred the "cheap" label that has accompanied the team for years.

The Revs signed Argentine striker Milton Caraglio as the team's first-ever Designated Player on Tuesday, and he's expected to join the club as soon as Thursday.

Caraglio, 22, has played for Rosario Central in Argentina's top flight since 2007. The club was relegated for the 2010-2011 season, and he suffered a major knee injury the season before. He was on trial with West Ham in the summer of 2010 but ultimately didn't get signed because of his medical history. On the field, he produced 11 goals in 49 top-flight appearances with Rosario Central.

What do you think of the signing? Impressed that the Revs finally went the DP route? Do you think playing on a turf surface will hinder his impact?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. not joking. just get someone worth 4-5mi who will put goals in. kraft can afford it. look at mothe8effing henry. he’s worth every penny and he can score.

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  2. Feilhaber fell in their laps and I’d be willing to bet NE shopped him around first. That being said, he has been a good add. Many feel Likic is a bust but again… the formations NE is playing won’t help his stats.

    I hope this guy works out though I’m not sure that forward is really where the problem lies. Two quality outside halves are really needed

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  3. The reason he’s a DP is his transfer fee. According to the write up in the Globe, his actual salary is way below a max salary. However, his transfer fee, which will be split over the course of his contract, makes him qualified as a DP.

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  4. here we go again….experienced veterans improve the quality of play and make the youngsters better. You need a mix of both quality vets and young talent. The league is getting to a point where it can builsdits own quality veterans, but for now they need to be imported.

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  5. I have to say, I thought Dabo would have been really good, IF he had ever gotten healthy. He had one 20 minute spell to start a match (can’t remember which one, but it must have been his last start), before his injury flared up again, where he was great, just on a different level than the rest of the field. Small sample size I know, but from that short stint, I thought if they could have had him, Shalrie and Benny together, they could have done something. But if you pin your hopes on one player, and don’t have depth (Benny just fell in their lap, tbh), this is what will happen.

    Hopefully this new guy can do some damage, and they can take some pressure off the defense.

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  6. Oh yeah, Joey Barton, that’ll do great for team chemistry. Why don’t you just add Robbie Keane and Craig Bellamy and call it ‘Crazy Town’

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  7. when everyone up here asked for a DP and complained that we keep signing 35-year-old injured foreigners, not sure a 22-year-old injured foreigner is exactly what we had in mind…

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  8. perfect assessment of the past 8 years of Revolution football. well done.

    where is Joseph going? is he a free agent?

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  9. Granted, the Revs suck, and probably will still suck. Also granted, what has been reported about this kid’s injury history is worrying. Still, even given those points, adding new talent of any kind is always a positive, especially for a team that has been horrible in that area.

    In the past few yaesr, Nicol (and Mariner when he has here) have managed to add a few guys in the range of bench-player to average-MLS-starter, often through the draft (such as K. Alston, P. Phelan, S. McCarthy, Z. Schilawski, C. Tierney, D. Barnes) or MLS veterans (C. Gibbs, R. Cochrane, C. Alright, P. Burpo).

    But the team has pretty much utterly failed in acquiring any above-MLS- average players. Combined with the loss of the talent they did once have (Ralston, Twellman, Parkhurst, Dempsey, Larentowicz (arguable), Dorman (arguable)), this basically left the team with one good player — Shalrie Joseph.

    Previous attempts to find international talent have failed to deliver much impact — Jankauskus, Dabo, Domi, Stolica, Osei, Beto, Nyassi, Mansally, Assengue, Augustine, Badilla, Castro, Dube, Fernandez. Perovic showed some flashes, but was injured and the team cut the cord.

    Given how bad this history is, this season’s signings at least offer a glimmer of hope. Yes, the jury’s still out on Lekic (hasn’t been great, but still the team’s best fwd). But they got Feilhaber — he hasn;t set the world on fire either, but safe to say he’s an above-MLS-avergae talent. If Caraglio pans out a little bit, that would be 3 small positive steps forward.

    Of course, Joseph remains the best player, and he’s gone after this season, so…

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  10. i read on another blog someone joking around that this guy will make one dollar above the DP level just so the Revs can say they signed a DP.

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  11. True, but Montero tore up the Colombian league before coming to MLS and didn’t have the injury concerns that this guy has. That’s not to say Caraglio can’t do well, but their previous situations were quite different.

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  12. Seems like a lot of people on here are disappointed because the Revs didn’t sign a 19 year old with 80 goals in 20 matches and a spotless bill of health.

    Also diappointed that he’s not a “name” draw like Beckham, Henry, and Blanco.

    If that means this kid is the next Fredy Montero – I’ll take it!

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  13. hell, kraft could’ve afforded joey barton, since he’s available on a free transfer. and yes mike, quakes are now the cheapest team in MLS. As for that so called new stadium, wolff has only cleared the ground. He hasnt started any structures, and is supposedly waiting for some final incentives from the city.

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  14. The area’s large Portuguese-speaking community should find amusement with this no-name’s name.

    Chuta Caraglio!

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  15. It also sucks they gut Perovic for no good reason when he was our most skilled attacker. Also, Lekic sucks.

    Basically, this is a risky but potentially rewarding signing. What a lot of people are neglecting is that those 11 goals in 49 games came from between the ages of 18 and 22. I would challenge you to find many players with prolific scoring numbers in their teens and early 20’s that want to come to MLS and the Revs. His best years are ahead of him. The kneww thing is very troubling though, especially considering we play on turf. It’s certainly a gamble, but glad to see our FO showing some kind initiative for once.

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  16. The Revs are the lowest scoring team in the league, with only 20 goals. They’re tied for 13th in goals against–obviously not good, but it does suggest offensive needs were more pressing.

    Besides, the defense is young; Coria and Soares are 23 and 22, and had 0 MLS games before this year. They’ll improve–they just need time.

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  17. wait, who? and what has he done??? dp!? kraft blows. he can sign haynesworth and ochocinco, but he doesn’t do jack for the revs.

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  18. No, he could have become another player that New England didn’t sign.

    They still have 2 DP slots left what exactly is your concern?

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  19. It sucked that Perovic got hurt, but adding Feilhaber, Lekic, and Caraglio during the season at least show they’re trying to improve the roster. Whether these acquisitions actually work out is another question.

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  20. In the league’s defense, there’s a difference between a player on the downside and a player at the end of his career. While there was certainly a time the “retirement league” label fit, seems like teams these days are signing more and more guys who are fit and closer to 30 than to 40. I’ve no problem with those signings.

    Agree with your general sentiment, though. As a Sounders’ guy, I was happy to see us sign Montero and Fernandez as DPs.

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  21. According to doctors, his agent and himself this isn’t true. He was told after he signed with the team that they didn’t have an international slot open for him, and he would have to wait to play until at least the next half season (not sure if was apertura or clausura). He was given his release when he told them he would not play for them as he didn’t feel he could trust the front office. The failed physical was an attempt by the team to save face.

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  22. Shed the cheap label? There is no guarantee that this guy will be healthy enough to perform and he’s not exactly a Beckham, Henry, Blanco signing either.

    Revs ownership is a joke the way they have managed the team the past few years, treated their supporters, and their inability to secure a stadium is inexcusable.

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  23. Once I recover from the shock, I’ll be thrilled that the Revs are doing something to salvage this season. I’m a long time season ticket holder and was getting might depressed and angry about the apparent disinterest by ownership. Maybe all that was needed was the end of the NFL lockout!

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  24. As a DC fan I hope this guy is as big as Franco Niell and rugged enough to play as many minutes as Marcelo Gallardo.

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  25. New England finally opened the purse strings. Regardless of his performance, I’m happy that they’ve finally gotten on the DP train.

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  26. Don P,
    I’m pretty sure Mauro Rosales also failed a medical test (w/some team in Mexico), and look how that has worked out for Seattle this season.

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  27. I hope this works out for the Revs, but it is certainly a risky DP signing. I read that he didn’t sign with West Ham because he failed to pass their medical. On top of his questionable fitness, 11 goals over the past three seasons is not exactly promising.

    That being said, he is young, and Nicol has a history of uncovering future stars.

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  28. Whether it works out or not, it’s just nice to see a DP slot used a younger player. If the MLS wants credibility and long-term success, it needs to continue to steer away from the trappings of being a big-name player retirement league.

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