FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have acquired defender Christian Makoun from Charlotte FC in exchange for $400,000 in 2022 and 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM), plus additional performance-based incentives. Makoun, a left-footed center back, represents the Venezuela National Team and will count as a domestic player on New England’s roster as he holds a U.S. green card.
The deal includes $143,327 GAM in 2022 and $256,673 GAM in 2023. Additionally, Inter Miami will maintain 15 percent of total gross future sales from a previous trade.
“We are pleased to acquire Christian Makoun. He is a talented young defender and will add depth to our backline as we enter a crucial time in the regular season,” said Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena.
Makoun, 22, arrives in New England with 43 MLS appearances and 33 starts between Charlotte FC and Inter Miami CF since 2020. Thus far in 2022, he has seen action in 13 contests with eight starts. During the 2021 campaign, the defender started 23-of-26 appearances for Inter Miami and contributed to six clean sheets. Before arriving in the United States, the Valencia, Venezuela native recorded 34 total appearances with boyhood club Zamora FC and played 21 games for Juventus Primavera (Under-19s) in Italy.
A dual citizen of Venezuela and Belgium, Makoun owns two senior caps for the Venezuela National Team, both starts during World Cup Qualifying in March 2022. Makoun previously made more than 20 appearances and captained Venezuela’s youth sides at the U-20 and U-17 levels. He represented Venezuela at the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, where he appeared in wins against the United States and Uruguay en route to a runners-up finish.
Makoun arrived in Foxborough this week before the Revolution resume the 2022 MLS regular season on Saturday, August 6 at Orlando City SC. The 7:30 p.m. ET match airs locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island), CoziTV (Western Mass.), 98.5 The Sports Hub, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio (Portuguese).
TRANSACTION: New England Revolution acquire defender Christian Makoun in a trade with Charlotte FC in exchange for $400,000 in 2022 and 2023 General Allocation Money on Aug. 4, 2022.
CHRISTIAN MAKOUN AT A GLANCE:
- 22-year-old defender owns 43 MLS appearances between Charlotte FC (2022) and Inter Miami FC (2020-21).
- Left-footed player experienced at center back among other positions
- Developed at Zamora FC in native Venezuela before totaling 34 senior appearances for the club.
- Played 21 games for Juventus Primavera while on loan with the Italian club.
- Capped twice by Venezuela during 2022 World Cup Qualifying action.
- Made over 20 appearances for Venezuela’s youth national teams, helping them to a runners-up finish at the 2017 U-20 World Cup.
#6 CHRISTIAN MAKOUN
Full Name: Christian Frederick Bayoi Makoun Reyes
Hometown: Valencia, Venezuela
Date of Birth: March 5, 2000 (Valencia, Venezuela)
Last Club: Charlotte FC (MLS)
Other Pro Experience: Inter Miami (2020-22), Juventus (Loan; Italy - 2018-19), Zamora FC (Venezuela - 2016-19).
How Acquired: Trade with Charlotte FC in exchange for $400,000 in 2022 and 2023 General Allocation Money on Aug. 4, 2022.