Report: Caraglio Out – Is Lekic Next?

According to a report from Radio Cooperativa (Chile), Milton Caraglio, who became the Revolution’s first Designated Player last August, has reached an agreement with Chilean first division side C.S.D. Rangers.

Caraglio, a native of Argentina, signed with New England on Aug. 2 and scored three goals in 12 games with the Revolution, including a two-goal effort against New York on Aug. 22. He also tallied the team’s final goal of 2011 – a 46th minute strike against Toronto FC – in its season finale at BMO Field on Oct. 22, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

In November, the team announced that it had declined its option on the 23-year-old striker with the hope of re-signing him to a cap-friendly figure. But, according to a Dec. 27 report from the Boston Globe, head coach Jay Heaps acknowledged that re-signing Caraglio, as well as Rajko Lekic and Monsef Zerka – both of whom had their options declined in November as well – would be a tough task to accomplish.

“We are closer on some than others,’’ Heaps told the Globe. “We have had conversations with all of them, but to think we will have all three back is unrealistic. With the salary cap, we have to look at every player and their impact on the cap.”

Apparently, Caraglio’s impact on the cap was too steep for the Revolution. The complex loan agreement with Rosario Central (Argentina) originally sent the striker’s sticker price into the Designated Player range despite the fact that the 6-2, 195lbs. target man was drawing a salary of $54,000 in 2011.

Terms of Caraglio’s contract with Rangers have not been released.

Meanwhile, the future of Caraglio’s strike partner toward the latter stages of the season – Lekic – is far from certain after a recent tweet from the Danish striker, as well as a published report from his native Denmark.

Last month, the emotional supporting forward tweeted that his brief Revolution career was all but finished.

“Unfortunately, it does not look like I’m resigning (with the) New England Revolution,” Lekic tweeted on Dec. 22.

However, according to a Jan. 2 report from Danish newspaper Jydske Vestkysten, Lekic said that he is still waiting to hear back from the Revolution after receiving an offer from an undisclosed club. The report suggests that Lekic will make a decision within the next 10 days.

The 30-year-old striker was signed on Apr. 8 after separate stints with Danish SuperLiga club Silkeborg IF. In 23 games with the Revolution, he scored six goals and an assist.

In the interim, Lekic, according to the same report, is attempting to find a Danish club to train with while negotiations continue. In 2011, Lekic earned $274,004 as a member of the Revolution.

Lekic also alluded to the fact that he has not ruled out signing with another MLS club, or a return to the Danish SuperLiga.

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About Brian O'Connell

Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He regularly contributes to The Associated Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or contact him via e-mail at BOConnell21@aol.com