Revs sign Simmons, promote Knighton, Tierney
Posted by Mike Marshall on February 1, 2009
In what appears to be a stroke of good fortune, the Revs have signed former UMass All-American goalkeeper Zack Simmons as an undrafted free agent. Simmons will be a part of the Revolution’s developmental roster. To make room on the Developmental Roster for Simmons and Generation Adidas defender Kevin Alston, the team has also promoted goalkeeper Brad Knighton and defender Chris Tierney to the senior roster.
Simmons, a Third Team All-American during the 2007 season in which he led the Minutemen to the NCAA College Cup semifinals, was considered arguably the top senior goalkeeper in the country this season. However, there were concerns that Simmons would bypass the professional game entirely to attend graduate school, which could go a long way towards explaining why he wasn’t even drafted.
The 23-year old native of Durham, NH left the UMass program as it’s all-time leader in wins (42), shutouts (30) and saves (386).
With the addition of Simmons and the promotion of Knighton and Tierney, the Revolution have nearly a full roster. They have 18 players under contract, not including first round pick Ryan Maxwell. All four Developmental Roster spots are full.
While Kevin Alston already has a roster spot, the remaining six draft picks as well as non-roster invitee Brian Visser (GK, DePaul University) are fighting for two spots. Second round pick Andrei Gotsmanov and fourth round selection Tyrel Lacey will be staying in school until they graduate. But you’d have to figure Ryan Maxwell is a lock to sign. That means maybe one other youngster makes the roster, or they’ll have to beat out someone like Wells Thompson, Pat Phelan, or Chris Tierney for a spot.