This one caught everyone slightly off guard, but the New England Revolution has reinforced its front line by signing Jerry Bengtson, a prolific scorer in Honduras who is moving up in class by joining MLS.
Bengtson will occupy a DP slot for the Revs, joining Shalrie Joseph on that list and leaving Jay Heaps’ side with one remaining Designated Player slot.
He’s also the newest addition to the growing list of influential Honduran internationals in MLS, a collection that includes Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza, highly effective San Jose first-year center back Victor Bernardez and recently signed Houston Dynamo DP Oscar Boniek Garcia.
Bengtson, 25, is already a three-time scoring champion in Honduras’ La Liga Nacional. He also has eight goals in 22 appearances for Honduras.
Bengtson will be technically eligible to line up for Heaps’ team as soon as he gathers up the proper paperwork, his P-1 Visa and his international player transfer certificate. He’s already training with the team.
Sometimes the visa process is smooth and timely, sometimes it’s not. If there are any holdups, it could be mid-August before Bengtson gets on the field. That’s because he’s part of Honduras’ Olympic effort, soon to join the team for its trip into the UK.