Revs bolster backline with acquisition of veteran center back Dave Romney from Nashville SC


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution have acquired defender Dave Romney from Nashville SC in exchange for $250,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money and $275,000 in 2024 GAM.

Romney, 29, has started 90 MLS regular season and playoff games for Nashville SC since 2020 following a five-year stint with the LA Galaxy from 2015-19 to begin his career. The Irvine, Calif. native has amassed 171 league appearances, 155 starts, seven goals, and 13 assists across more than 14,000 minutes played in MLS, with six additional postseason starts. 

“Dave Romney is a reliable and quality defender in our league. He will be a great addition to our roster,” Revolution Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena said. “We look forward to Dave’s arrival in New England this preseason.”

Romney was one of Nashville SC’s outfield ironmen over the last two seasons, starting 66 regular season games over two years. In 2021, the six-foot-two defender started all but one game. The previous season, he was the only Nashville player to play every minute in 2020, helping anchor a Nashville defense that set a new MLS expansion team record for shutout minutes in the playoffs with 309. 

After a four-year collegiate career at the University of San Francisco from 2011-14, Romney began his professional journey with LA Galaxy II under current Revolution Technical Director Curt Onalfo. He became the first Galaxy II player to sign an MLS contract when he was elevated to the first team, coached by Bruce Arena, in August 2015 to begin his five-year tenure with LA.

The Revolution will convene at the Training Center to begin 2023 preseason training on Monday, January 9. New England will then begin the 2023 MLS Regular Season away from home on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Charlotte FC, before the home opener on Saturday, March 4 vs. Houston Dynamo FC at 7:30 p.m. ET. Every Revolution and MLS match will be available on MLS Season Pass. 

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TRANSACTION: New England Revolution acquire defender Dave Romney from Nashville SC in exchange for $250,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money and $275,000 in 2024 GAM on Jan. 5, 2023. 

  • Entering ninth MLS season with 171 league appearances, and 155 starts, to his credit. 
  • Starting center back for Nashville SC during the club’s first three MLS seasons, starting 90 MLS games from 2020-22, including playoffs. 
  • In 2015, became the first player to ascend from LA Galaxy II to sign an MLS contract with the first team. 
  • California native played collegiately at University of San Francisco

Full Name: David Romney
Pronunciation: ROMM-knee
Position: Defender
Date of Birth: 06/12/1993 (29) – Irvine, Calif.
Hometown: Irvine, Calif. 
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 190 lbs. 
Nationality: United States
Previous Clubs: Nashville SC (2020-22); LA Galaxy (2015-19)
How Acquired: Trade with Nashville SC on Jan. 5, 2023.