The Malian defender will leave the club after failing to make his mark in Massachusetts.
New England Revolution announced on Tuesday that the club has come to an agreement with Kalifa Cisse over a mutual termination of the player’s contract.
Cisse only arrived in the North East a little over nine months ago, but during that spell he only managed six league and two US Open Cup appearances for the Revolution.
“We want to thank Kalifa for his time with us and wish him well on his future opportunities,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said in a statement on the club’s official website. “He has been a true professional and a great mentor for our young squad, so we wish him the best as he moves on.”
Cisse, capable of playing at both centre-back and defensive-midfield, came to MLS having racked up four seasons of competitive English football with Reading FC, including two seasons in the Premier League.
Spells with English side Bristol City as well as Portuguese teams Estoril and Boavista completed an impressive resume for the veteran. Upon his arrival at the Revolution, General Manager Michael Burns told MLSSoccer.com, “We feel like he’s definitely another piece [of the puzzle]. We’re expecting him to come in and make a significant impact for us on the field and in the locker room.”
Unfortunately Cisse only managed to feature in six league games, all of them starts, from which the Revolution only managed one point.
Upon the announcement of his departure, Burns said of Cisse: “We want to thank Kalifa for his time with us and wish him well on his future opportunities. He has been a true professional and a great mentor for our young squad, so we wish him the best as he moves on.”
If these remarks are anything to go by, Revolution fans can perhaps take comfort knowing that Kalifa managed to make an impact off the pitch, even if he struggled to do so upon it.