Revolution signal midfielder Ian Harkes

New England Revolution

The 28-year-old is the son of former Revolution midfielder John Harkes.

Ian Harkes
Ian Harkes (proper), battles with Celtic’s Tom Rogic (middle), alongside fellow Dundee United teammate Jeando Fuchs (left) throughout a Scottish Premiership recreation in Sept. 2021. Jane Barlow/PA through AP

After Bruce Enviornment just lately alluded to the arrival of midseason acquisitions, the Revolution have added a participant with a well-known final identify.

Ian Harkes, son of former U.S. worldwide John Harkes, has signed with Revolution via the 2023 season (the deal contains membership choices in 2024 and 2025). The deal was first reported by Steven Goff of The Washington Post.

The 28-year-old central midfielder, who featured for Scottish aspect Dundee United over the previous 4 seasons, was a free agent.

New England acquired Harkes’s MLS rights in a commerce with D.C. United, sending a second-round decide within the 2024 MLS SuperDraft and a conditional $50,000 in Basic Allocation Cash in 2025 in return.

On paper, the Revolution have a spread of central midfield choices, although accidents have taken a toll. Matt Polster and Latif Blessing have been mainstays in the course of the sphere for Enviornment this season. Noel Buck, an 18-year-old from Arlington who progressed via the membership’s academy, has additionally turn into a trusted possibility, although he’s been just lately dominated out with an damage.

Different potential decisions — veteran Tommy McNamara and 23-year-old Brazilian holding midfielder Maciel — have each not performed in any respect in 2023, additionally because of accidents. This has more and more left Enviornment with a restricted variety of out there gamers in an important a part of the sphere the place having depth is significant.

This might create alternative for Harkes, who performed over 1,800 minutes within the Scottish Premiership this previous season.

Harkes will turn into the second era of his household to play for Enviornment, in addition to the Revolution. Harkes’s father, who was the primary American to ever play within the English Premier League — and who logged 90 caps for the U.S. nationwide staff — performed below Enviornment each in faculty (at Virginia) and in MLS (within the first two seasons of the league with DC). John additionally performed in New England from 1999 via 2001.

The midseason MLS switch window opened on Wednesday, permitting groups to make additional acquisitions till Aug. 2. Extra strikes are allowed till the league’s official “Roster Freeze” on Sept. 13.


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