The New England Revolution will have a familiar face on the field starting next season.
Welsh midfielder Andy Dorman, who played for the Revolution from 2004-2007, has re-signed with the club after five seasons abroad in Scotland and England, the Revolution announced on Thursday. Dorman was most recently on loan with Bristol Rovers from parent club Crystal Palace but signed with the Revolution on a free transfer. Even though he is a former MLS player returning to the league, the fact that he left on a free transfer meant that he did not need to go through the allocation order process and the Revolution had the first right of refusal on his MLS rights.
"Andy was a tremendous player and a consummate professional when he was first beginning his career," Revs general manager Mike Burns said in a team release. "Now with his experience at a very high level in Britain, we’re looking to him to provide not only an added attacking presence, but also veteran leadership on and off the field.”
The Revolution lost a veteran presence when it traded Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA this season. In Dorman, the Revs re-acquire a 30-year-old with experience not only in MLS but also in Scotland's Premier League and England's League Championship. A former teammate of Revolution coach Jay Heaps, Dorman had 17 goals and 18 assists in his four seasons with New England before bolting for St. Mirren.
"I’m really excited to be coming back to Boston,” Dorman said. "It was my first professional club and a place I always look back at with great memories. I owe a lot to New England, for giving me the chance to play professional soccer and the opportunity to play in the UK. I spoke to (head coach) Jay (Heaps) quite a lot over the past couple of months, and he was a big reason I decided to come back. I was really impressed with everything he said about the team and his plans going forward."
With the league currently in a roster-freeze period, Dorman will join the Revs in January for its preseason camp.