New England Revolution sign Cody Cropper

Cody Cropper MLS USMNT

by JACK HAZZARD

After six years away in England, United States International Cody Cropper returns to America.

The New England Revolution have signed 23-year-old United States goalkeeper Cody Cropper as a Discovering signing pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

New England Revolution General Manager Michael Burns commented on the signing, saying, “Cody is a player whose development we’ve been tracking the past few years.” He continued, “He’s a promising young goalkeeper and we’re excited to bring him to New England.”

The Atlanta native began his professional career in 2012 with Premier League side Southampton FC. After failing to make a first-team appearance in his three years with the club, Cropper elected to join newly promoted Championship club Milton Keynes Dons in 2015. He went on to make seven senior appearances for a disappointing Dons, who finished second to last in the Championship, being relegated to England’s third division. Once the season came to close, Cropper and Milton Keynes elected to part ways, allowing Cropper to search for a new club.

After a reported brief trial in the summer, news suggested that the United States U-23 goalkeeper was close to signing a deal with the NASL club Minnesota United. However, soon after the initial reports leaked, the rumor went quiet.

A return home for Cropper may help boost his young career, but it is most likely that the 23-year-old will remain as a backup for New England’s current first-string goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.