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ICYMI? Revs Reveal that JoGo Occupies DP Slot

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Xavier Kouassi may not have been on the field during Saturday’s scoreless draw against DC, but it turns out that the Revolution were aided by the presence of a designated player with ties to FC Sion nonetheless.

According to a tweet from‘s Jeff Lemieux on Tuesday, center back Jose Goncalves, whose salary was pegged at $479,000 last year, currently occupies a designated player spot on the Revolution roster.

The 30-year-old defender, who won the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year, avoided the label in previous seasons despite having a salary above the designated player threshold because the club bought down his cost with allocation money.

It is unclear what prompted the change in designation, though it is worth nothing that the threshold – which was $368,000 when the Revolution exercised the purchase option contained in the loan agreement with FC Sion to acquire Goncalves following the 2013 season – increased to $457,500 in 2016.

Goncalves has played in 92 games for the Revolution since his arrival prior to the start of the 2013 season. He has worn the captain’s armband for the majority of his time in New England, which has reached the postseason in each of his previous three seasons with the team.

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