FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have signed 2022 Revolution Team MVP Djordje Petrović (pronounced JOR-jay PET-tro-VICH) to a three-year contract extension through the 2025 MLS season with an additional one-year club option for 2026. The Serbian goalkeeper, who turns 23 on October 8, has recorded seven shutouts in 20 MLS starts in his debut season, earning him consideration for 2022 MLS Newcomer of the Year and Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors.
“Djordje Petrović has been a great addition to our team. In his 2022 season with the Revolution, Djordje has made a great impression on both his teammates and the staff,” Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “We believe he has a great future and will continue to improve as a goalkeeper. Therefore, he is most deserving of this new contract.”
Petrović claimed New England’s starting goalkeeper role in May 2022 and went on to make 20 starts in the regular season. He has recorded seven shutouts, the most by a Revolution goalkeeper since 2017, with one game still to play. Petrović’s 75.47 save percentage ranks second among all MLS goalkeepers (min. 30 saves). He made a club-record four penalty saves on the year, the most by any goalkeeper in the last five MLS seasons. During his debut MLS season, the Serbian international backstopped New England to four consecutive clean sheets and a 402-minute shutout streak, the second longest in club history.
According to American Soccer Analysis’ advanced metrics, Petrović has recorded -10.46 goals prevented and +11.37 goals added this year, both of which are on track to be highest single-season totals in MLS since the statistics were first tracked in 2013. Those marks come despite Petrović playing only 1,800 minutes in league action.
Petrović is the fourth Revolution goalkeeper to earn Team MVP honors, as voted on by fans, joining Walter Zenga (1997), Matt Reis (2006 and 2011), and Matt Turner (2020). Petrović is also the third goalkeeper to be recognized by his teammates as the club’s Players’ Player of the Year, joining Turner (2020) and Brad Knighton (2016). He is the team’s first newcomer to win Team MVP honors since last year’s MLS Most Valuable Player, Carles Gil, in 2019.
The New England Revolution conclude the 2022 MLS season with a trip to face Chicago Fire FC on Sunday, October 9 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The MLS Decision Day 2022 contest at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. airs locally on WSBK-TV38, myRITV (Rhode Island), 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2, and 1260 AM Nossa Radio (Portuguese).
TRANSACTION: New England Revolution re-sign goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic to a three-year contract through the 2025 MLS season with an additional one-year option for 2026, on Oct. 7, 2022.
DJORDJE PETROVIĆ AT A GLANCE:
- Voted the 2022 Revolution Team MVP and Players’ Player of the Year after recording seven shutouts in his first 20 MLS starts.
- Finished 2022 with the second-best save percentage (75.47%) among all goalkeepers with at least 30 saves.
- Recorded four penalty saves in 2022, tied for a club record and the most in MLS since Zack Steffen in 2017.
- 2022 MLS Newcomer of the Year contender joined the Revolution from Serbian topflight club FK Čukarički, where he played three seasons.
- Named to MLS Team of the Week on seven occasions, most recently for an eight-save performance at Houston Dynamo FC on Sept. 13.
- Tied Revolution record with four consecutive clean sheets from July 23 - Aug. 13 as part of a 402-minute shutout streak, the second longest in club history.
- Made MLS debut at Sporting Kansas City on June 12, becoming the fifth Revolution keeper to win his MLS debut.
- Owns one cap for the 2022 FIFA World Cup-bound Serbia National Team.
#99 DJORDJE PETROVIĆ
Full Name: Djordje Petrović
Pronunciation: JOR-jay PET-tro-VICH
Hometown: Požarevac, Serbia
Date of Birth: October 8, 1999 (Požarevac, Serbia)
Last Club: FK Čukarički
How Acquired: Signed by New England on April 1, 2022; Re-signed on Oct. 7, 2022.