New England Revolution Off-Season RoundupBy: Dave | March 21st, 2010
Ok, the MLS and players have signed a 5-year collective bargaining agreement and the 2010 MLS season is a go!
With just one week until the Revs face off against west coast rivals, Galaxy, in LA, Let’s take a look back at key off season highlights.
11/25/09 – GK Brad Knighton taken by Philadelphia in the Expansion Draft. Sad to see, but not surprising. Knighton got a lot of playing time in 2009, and left an impressive impression. Matt Reis is great, but his injury problems and a downward trend in form make this hurt all the more.
11/11/09 – Jay Heaps announced his retirement.
1/14/10 – Revs trade Defender Chris Albright to NY Redbulls for 2 SuperDraft picks(31st and 48th overall)
1/14/10 – 5 players drafted at SuperDraft. From revolutionsoccer.net: “The New England Revolution selected five players in Thursday’s 2010 MLS SuperDraft, conducted at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. With the team’s top pick, the Revolution selected Zack Schilawski out of Wake Forest. The team then chose Seth Sinovic (Creighton), Zak Boggs (South Florida), Jason Griffiths (Kentucky) and Adam Welch (Lehigh).”
1/22/10 – Revs acquire GK Preston Burpo and D Cory Gibbs from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson. Burpo expected to play a big role this season with Reis struggling with injuries, and Knighton’s departure to Philly.
1/29/10 – Captain Steve Ralston leaves Revolution and MLS. One of the Revolutions best and most consistant players. It was hard to see him go.
2/22/10 – Revs sign Senegalese MF Niouky Desire. Steve Nichols has done a great job scouting African clubs/players in the past as evidenced by the success of Gambian players Nyassi and Mansally, Ghanan Osei, and Kelly Dube of Zimbabwe.