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Archive for January, 2010

Sobering Thought of the Day

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 31, 2010

Who was the last high impact foreign player to sign with the Revs from outside the league?  A friend suggests the only two players in club history that fit that description are Walter Zenga and Ariel Graziani.

The Revs are now in a position where they likely need to sign two such players in a row.

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Farewell, Stevie Ralston

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 29, 2010

Revolution captain Steve Ralston, Major League Soccer’s all-time leader in games played, minutes played, and assists, announced today that he has decided not to sign with the club for the 2010 season, bringing a run of eight outstanding seasons in Foxboro to an end.

The 35-year old midfielder’s immediate future remains uncertain as he battles to recover from torn knee ligaments suffered late in the 2009 campaign.

Arguably the greatest midfielder in MLS history, Ralston has amassed 76 goals and 135 assists over the course of his 14-year professional career.  The last eight seasons, the St. Louis native has collected 42 goals and 73 assists in Revolution red, white, and blue.  A seven-time MLS All-Star and three-time MLS Best XI selection, Ralston is the only player to win the MLS Fair Play award three times, and one of only three Revolution players to play in all four of the club’s MLS Cup Finals.

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Twellman: I’m not ready

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 27, 2010

Revolution forward Taylor Twellman told The American Soccer Show on Wednesday that while his condition is improving, he has not yet fully recovered from the effects of a devastating collision with Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin in August of 2008.

“Can I say that I feel a lot better than I did six months ago?  Of course I do,” said the New England striker.  “Am I ready to go out and do diving headers, yet?  No.”

“It’s one of those processes that, you kinda have to go through it day by day – literally exercise by exercise.  You have to start over.  You have to retrain your brain.”

While speaking with hosts Jason Davis and Zach Woosley, the Revolution’s all-time leading goalscorer also talked about the difficulties in recovering from the injuries sustained in the collision.

“The complicating factor to my injury is my neck.  I’ve dealt with a serious neck injury.  It’s basically severe whiplash.”

“Getting over whiplash and post-concussion is definitely a hassle.  But every doctor I’ve seen has said ‘You’re gonna be fine.’  Unfortunately, time is the only healing factor, and right now I’m waiting.”

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Mike Burns: Professional Liar

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 26, 2010

I realize that you can never take snippets of information from coaches and General Managers as absolute gospel.  If the Revs really are in the market for an attacking midfielder, it doesn’t do them any good to announce it to the world, because most player agents have internet access these days.

But honest to God, Mike Burns… who ya crappin’?

New England will have fill the significant hole created by Larentowicz’s departure. Larentowicz and Shalrie Joseph formed one of the top central midfield tandems in the league over the past couple of seasons, forging a bond that saw Joseph lobby publicly for a new deal for his partner several times during the course of the 2009 season and prompted Larentowicz to say he was “indebted to Shalrie for being able to play next to him” after the deal went down. There are choices in-house – Pat Phelan would make the most sense as a like-for-like replacement – but no one player currently on the books can replace Larentowicz’s contribution.

“If (the deal) means we have to go out and try to replace Jeff, then we’ll do that, but we feel like we have guys on our roster that can fill that void,” Burns said.

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Oh, THAT’S why they drafted Seth Sinovic

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 22, 2010

Tucked away at the very bottom of a rare FDA Revs article is this interesting nugget of information:

The Revolution have lost defenders Chris Albright (traded to New York) and Jay Heaps (retired) and could lose Amaechi Igwe, who plans to go to Europe.

‘Scuse me?

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I Hate This Trade

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 22, 2010

Back when it looked like Jeff Larentowicz was headed for Europe, I was OK with the proposed trade that would send his rights to Colorado in exchange for Cory Gibbs, Preston Burpo and a bag of magic beans.  At least Steve Nicol could no longer view Wells Thompson as a legitimate option coming off the bench.

But now that he’s signed with the Rapids, I officially hate this trade.

They filled one hole by opening up another.  What’s the point?

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My Head Might Actually Explode

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 20, 2010

Honest to God, I really think Steve Nicol is trying to kill me:

“We’ve just taken the best striker in the country in the draft,” said Nicol. “[Edgaras] Jankauskas is coming back, Taylor [Twellman] is coming back, and we also have Kheli Dube, so we have four good strikers at the moment.”

I’m going to be optimistic and suggest that the over/under on the number of combined games Twellman and Jankauskas will play next year is 25.

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Gibbs Trade Awaiting League Approval

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 20, 2010

According to multiple sources, it appears the Revolution and Colorado Rapids are awaiting final approval on a trade that will send the rights to Jeff Larentowicz and midfielder Wells Thompson to the Mile High City in exchange for veteran defender Cory Gibbs, backup goalkeeper Preston Burpo, a 2011 draft pick and cash.

Gibbs is was a pretty good player when healthy.  The problem is that he hasn’t been terribly healthy since he left FC Dallas for Feyenoord in 2004.

My next question is, where is he going to play?  Is he going to play in the center of defense in place of either Darrius Barnes or Emmanuel Osei?  Does Osei push forward into the midfield to replace Larentowicz?  Could they even be thinking about playing Gibbs at left back, where he’s spent some time in the past?

Still, given Gibbs’ salary and injury history, it’s a pretty big gamble.  And it’ll be an even bigger gamble if Larentowicz ends up signing with the Rapids.

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Why the Revs’ Draft Baffled Me

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 14, 2010

I should start off by saying this: the Revolution drafted two pretty good players today in Zack Schilawski and Seth Sinovic.  And I start off that way because the fact that those two specific players were picked by this franchise has me shaking my head.

Let’s start with Schilawski.  Yes, the Revs needed scoring, and yes, Schilawski had a productive season with New England’s AAA squad after three seasons of being the  team’s “super sub”.  But a forward in the first round – not just Schilawski, but any forward – has me shaking my head.

It comes down to two questions:

1.  Can you rely on Taylor Twellman to play something close to a full season next year?

2.  Do you think Kheli Dube is a starting-caliber MLS forward?

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Revs Deal Albright to Red Bulls

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 14, 2010

RevsNet has confirmed that the Revolution have traded defender Chris Albright to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for the 31st and 48th overall picks in this afternoon’s draft.

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