MLS: Ravelli allocated to Tampa Bay

Swedish international goalkeeper Thomas Ravelli has been allocated to the Tampa Bay Mutiny, MLS Deputy Commissioner Sunil Gulati and Mutiny GM Nick Sakiewicz announced Nov. 13. "As we mentioned last week when we announced his signing, the league is very excited about having Thomas Ravelli as a player," Gulati said. "Thomas indicated very strongly to us that he wanted to be in Tampa and so we decided to place him with the Mutiny. We feel it is a good fit for both parties." "I had my choice of several clubs in MLS and my first choice was Tampa," confirmed Ravelli. "I wanted to go to a more experienced team that has the potential to win the championship. Tampa Bay has done very well its first two years and I have heard a lot of good things about the team and the area. I'm looking forward to this new adventure for me and my family." Mutiny coach John Kowalski looks forward to having Ravelli in goal. "He is certainly one of the great goalkeepers in the world today," he said. "His ability to command his box and his knowledge of the game should serve as an inspiration and role model for goalkeepers of all ages everywhere. His accomplishments in the sport are unprecedented and we are looking forward to having him with us as he begins what for him is obviously a new adventure." Ravelli, whose 143 caps is the second highest total in history, will join the Mutiny upon completion of his Swedish season with IFK Gothenburg on Dec. 10. The Mutiny have plans for a special "debut" game for Ravelli which will be announced soon "His personality is exactly what we are looking for," said Sakiewicz. "We are looking to establish chemistry on our club for 1998 and what better place to begin than with one of the world's great players and personalities. I can hardly wait until he gets here."
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