Revs Terminate Niouky’s Contract
The New England Revolution have terminated the contract of midfielder Joseph Niouky.
After an eight year career in his native country of Senegal, the 24-year-old Niouky was signed to the Revolution on February 22, making him the 6th African player signed to the Revs in the last 4 years. Current Revolution players Mansally and Nyassi, both from The Gambia, were signed to the club in 2007, followed by Zimabwean forward Dube in 2008, and Ghanaian defender Osei in 2009. Cameroonian forward Stephane Assengue also signed in 2009, but was released by the club.
In his initial press announcement, head coach Steve Nicol described Niouky as a box-to-box midfielder, who “likes to keep the ball and pass the ball.” However, Niouky’s real talent seemed to be accumulating suspensions. Niouky was the team leader in fouls committed and cautions received (5 yellow, 1 red), and served two suspensions (May 5th vs FC Dallas, and July 31 vs Philadelphia).
Originally touted as a replacement for the departing Jeff Larentowicz, Nicol gave Niouky every opportunity to prove himself, handing the midfielder 11 starts. However, Niouky’s lack of control and poor decision making became more and more apparent as the season progressed. His place on the team seemed to be in question when the Revolution signed third round draft pick Jason Griffiths. In all, Niouky made a total of 17 appearances for the Revolution, 13 league games, and the first four of the Revs’ SuperLiga matches.