From the Soccer Yanks Editorial Desk:
Add José Gonçalves to the list of players likely to leave Major League Soccer in the summer transfer window.
Only two months ago, the New England Revolution exercised their purchase option on the loan from the Swiss Super League club FC Sion to bring Gonçalves permanently into MLS. After winning the Defender of the Year and earning Best XI honors in 2013, Gonçalves is looking to be the second prominent MLS honoree to exit the league in the near future. Camilo Sanvezzo, the Golden Boot winner in 2013, was the first to leave after a messy transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps to Liga MX side Querétaro FC.
In an interview with A Minute In Sports! blog, Gonçalves reveals his frustration over the contract negotiation with the New England Revolutions and the attention he has received from European clubs.
Gonçalves provided numerous reasons for wanting out beside the contract situation. He points to his family living in Europe, the level of competition, and his desire to get called up to the Portuguese National Team. If the last part happens, it would be a coup for Major League Soccer. If Defoe and Gonçalves can get call ups to their respective World Cup squads, the league will have a new selling point to attract under-30 European players.
Perhaps playing in the same league as several prominent US National team players may give Gonçalves a slight edge. The outcome between the United States and Portugal match in the World Cup group stage is crucial to both team’s aspirations.
For New England, a Gonçalves call up can tilt the table towards them when they are inevitability forced to sell him. If he does not go to Brazil, they will have an unhappy employee with one foot out of the door.