The Revs are looking to build on last season’s success, bringing in great transfers to support an already solid squad. Bruce Arena is getting a lot of new pieces to work with, but for now Samba Camara will not be one of them.
New England’s deal for the defender has become void after the player’s P-1 Visa application was denied. The deal was struck nearly a month ago, December 23rd, and was announced dead this past Monday. The 27-year-old has eight years of soccer experience in France. He has played in the second, third and fourth divisions, not yet making the first.
Camara would have added a very physical presence to the center of the defense, as he utilizes all 6’3″ of his height to halt aerial shots and crosses. He also exhibits smart tackling, which usually falls in his favor. His weaknesses, meanwhile, are on the passing and offensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, those mistakes can sometimes lead to the other team scoring.
The deal leaves the Revolution without the added bonus of a solid, reliable defender who can give the normal starters an occasional rest. This unfortunate circumstance does not majorly affect the overall defense, especially with the return of Seth Sinovic and the draft. While definitely disappointing, the result is that some Targeted Allocation Money, and an international roster slot, remain available.