FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With an eye toward acquiring reinforcements during the International Transfer Window, the Revolution freed up cap space and roster room on Wednesday by waiving defender John Lozano and declining the mid-season options on forward Bjorn Runstrom and midfielder Jeremiah White.
The move, which free up cap space and, perhaps more importantly, two international roster spots (via the spots previously occupied by Lozano and Runstrom) give the Revolution considerable wiggle room to make improvements during the Window, which opened on Wednesday and runs through Jul. 27.
“We want to thank John, Bjorn and Jeremiah for their service and efforts representing the Revolution,” New England General Manager Michael Burns said in a statement on Wednesday. “With the International Transfer Window opening, we had to make some hard decisions about our roster as we look to bring in some new players.”
Lozano, 27, was signed on Jan. 9 after spending two seasons with Colombian side America de Cali. The center back looked sharp during the preseason and earned a spot in the Revolution’s First Kick starting XI. But hip and adductor injuries limited to only two appearances this season, which paved the way for Stephen McCarthy to assume the role opposite of starting center back A.J. Soares.
Runstrom, 28, was signed on Mar. 28 in a move that appeared to give the Revolution depth up top. However, the Swedish striker struggled to find playing time with Saer Sene, Blake Brettschneider and Jose Moreno ahead of him on the depth chart. Making matters worse, Runstrom was plagued by a right knee injury for much of the season, hurting his chances of making an impression in practice. He made three substitute appearances this season.
White, 30, was selected by the Revolution during the 2004 MLS SuperDraft, but chose to pursue playing options abroad instead. But after finding himself out of a job during the preseason, the midfielder signed with the team on Mar. 9. He made two substitute appearances before a concussion suffered in April kept him from contributing to the first team.
Lozano’s departure puts the Revolution roster at 27 players as of Wednesday, while the options Runstrom and White, both of which expire on Jun. 30, will drop the total to 25 players on Jul. 1.
After Wednesday’s training, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps took the time to acknowledge the contributions made by the veteran trio this season.
“They’ve been great,” Heaps said. “They were true professionals and they added a lot of experience to this group as we were transforming it.”
Heaps also admitted that the cuts weren’t an easy decision – especially mid-way through the season.
“It’s always a tough decision at this time of the year,” Heaps said. “But with the window open, we want to make sure that we can make the roster better for the next half of the season.”