August 29, the New England Revolution signed Jamaican national team outside back O’Brian Woodbine, 25, as an international player on a free transfer. New England has strengthened the back line with Woodbine to prepare for a post-season run after advancing to the Eastern Conference playoff bracket last Sunday.
Woodbine will join the Revolution at training this Tuesday, Sept. 3.
“O’Brian has both professional and international experience and we’re expecting him to come in, help push our team and provide depth the last few months of the season,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said.
Woodbine played professionally in his native Jamaica, the U.S., and Finland. He began his career in 2005 with Reno of the Jamaica National Premier League. While with Reno, he spent two seasons (2009, 2010) on loan to the Charleston Battery of the USL-2. In 2011, Woodbine signed with Vaasan Palloseura (VPS) of the Finnish Premier Division and played there for two seasons, including a three-month loan to perennial Finnish power, HJK Helsinki.
Woodbine is a veteran of Jamaica’s national team program, including the Under-17, Under-20, Under-23 and senior national team levels. Woodbine recorded 14 caps with the senior national team and started at left back in each of Jamaica’s last three FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, most recently on June 12, 2013, in a 2-0 loss to Honduras.
Revolution on the rise
Last Sunday, the Revolution played a breakthrough game as the dynamic young trio of Kelyn Rowe, Juan Agudelo and Diego Fagundez led the squad to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union, who fell to fourth in the Eastern Conference. The big win propelled New England into the fifth spot in that conference playoff bracket.
The Revolution return to action this Friday, Aug. 30, at Toronto FC at BMO Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on TV by Comcast SportsNet.