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The Revs acquired Dave Romney from Nashville.

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FOXBORO — Dave Romney brings experience, versatility and a rugged durability to the New England Revolution’s back end.

That trifecta of MLS attributes is precisely what Revolution sporting director and head coach Bruce Arena was after when he cut a strictly cash deal with Nashville SC to acquire Romney on Jan. 5. Arena paid out $250,000 in General Allocation money in 2023 and $275,000 of GA due in 2024.

“He is a good defender and he can play in the center back position and he can play out left in a pinch if we need him,” said Arena, following Wednesday’s preseason training session at the Socius.com Training Facility.

“He’s an experienced player in the league and he comes from a team that is very good defensively and he had a lot to do with that. We need more solid play in the back line. He is a good athlete and he doesn’t have a history of being injured.”

Romney, 29, is a veteran of 171 MLS matches, with 155 starts, during his stints with the LA Galaxy (2015-19) and Nashville the last three seasons. Romney has scored seven goals with 13 assists and amassed an ironman 14,000 minutes of pitch time with six additional postseason starts.

“Luck, genetics and just working really hard and being really diligent at home stretching and taking care of myself,” said Romney when asked about his durability since joining MLS out of the University of San Francisco.

“Just doing the right strength and conditioning stuff and knocking on wood right now, a lot of luck in doing the right things, I guess.”

Romney enters a very competitive situation. The Revolution have three outsized center backs on the training camp roster with many of the same qualifications. Andrew Farrell and Henry Kessler has been the backbone of the Revolution’s rear guard, while Omar Gonzalez can play multiple positions.

The Revolution have two speedy athletic outside backs in Brandon Bye and Dejuan Jones back in camp. Romney anticipated there would be fierce competition for playing minutes and he is committed to measuring up.

“I’m coming here to play as many games as I can and help us win trophies,” said Romney. “Farrell has been a mainstay here for 10 years and he’s got over 300 appearances for the club. Kessler has been great the last two years and Omar bring a wealth of experience and then there’s some talented young guys as well.

“I’m just going to play the best I can and play as many minutes as I can and hopefully get as many shutouts as we can. I think we have a lot of attacking firepower so if we can do our job on the back end, we should be really good this year.”

Romney may have been Nashville’s ironman, but Farrell carries that distinction for all of MLS. Farrell has made 304 appearances with 301 starts and logged 26,792 minutes of pitch time, all Revolution records.

Farrell has always been the team’s point man in welcoming and acclimating new arrivals. Romney and Farrell made an interesting connection prior to training camp and it involves their respective uniforms.

Farrell had worn No. 2 since being taken first overall out of Louisville in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Farrell decided to take a new number this season and now wears 88. Romney was given a choice and elected to wear No. 2.

“The equipment guy Scott (Emmens), he was just saying, ‘take a look at the roster and see what numbers are available,’ ” said Romney. “I said. ‘five is open’ and he said, ‘Farrell just switched to 88 so if you want two just take it.’ ”

“My mom loves even numbers. She loves the No. 2 so I took two. Then I thought the fans are going to think I stole his number. But I was told he wanted 88.”

 

 

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