As New England defender Darrius Barnes kept a watchful eye on the MLS CBA talks taking place in Washington last week, he also paid close attention to important contract negotiations closer to home.
Like the discussions between MLS and the Players Union over the weekend, the give and take between Barnes and the Revolution over a new contract also ended successfully. The team announced on Friday Barnes agreed to extend his contract with the team after a stellar rookie season.
The pair of new deals gave Barnes plenty of reason to celebrate over the weekend.
“It was great,” Barnes told MLSSoccer.com after training on Tuesday. “I had a pretty good season last year and the Revs thought I did too, so they offered me a new contract. I was definitely happy about it, but I'm even happier about the CBA getting signed. That's a new contract within itself.”
The 23-year-old central defender admitted it was a little bit peculiar to have the negotiations ongoing simultaneously, but said he couldn't wait to sign the new, improved deal to extend his stay with the Revolution once the two sides agreed to terms.
“My agent and the front office were having negotiations back and forth and they were able to come to an agreement that both sides were happy with, so we went ahead and put the pen to paper,” Barnes said.