Ten Revs Predictions for 2010
Posted by Mike Marshall on March 26, 2010
In no particular order:
Prediction #1: The Revolution will lead the league in man games lost to injury. The year hasn’t even kicked off yet, and the list of walking wounded is already long and distinguished. Taylor Twellman and Matt Reis are already assured of being on the shelf for a significant period of time. Guys like Cory Gibbs and Edgaras Jankauskas are injuries waiting to happen. Even someone like Kevin Alston, who was pretty durable last year, has a history of injuries. History tells us Shalrie Joseph will miss some time simply because he’s become a target of other teams. I could seriously see Steve Nicol being forced to use something like 20+ different lineups simply due to missing players.
Prediction #2: The Revs will score more goals this year than they did last year. Not sure it’s really likely they could score less. Seriously, I think Taylor Twellman will play at least a little this year, so that should help. Zack Schilawski is something of a poor man’s Twellman, and I think they’ll probably generate a little more in terms of goal-scoring from the midfield than they did last year as well.
Prediction #3: The Revs will also allow more goals this year than they did last year. They’re paper thin in defense, and you just know Gibbs will get hurt at some point. Burpo will see a significant amount of time, and he ain’t no Matt Reis. But the biggest loss may be Jeff Larentowicz, who I thought killed a number of attacking surges before they even become threats on defense.
Prediction #4: Marko Perovic will be an instant impact player. Just something I like about those YouTube highlights.
Prediction #5: The Revs will struggle to find someone who can pick up the slack for Jeff Larentowicz. The two most likely candidates are Pat Phelan, who’s never really shown he’s much beyond a fringe MLSer, and Joseph Niouky, who’s a complete unknown. My gut says there are not a great deal of impact 23-year old professional players in Senegal who have not already been picked off by European clubs.
Prediction #6: Kenny Mansally will have a breakout season. He’s ready to step his game up. He showed flashes of game-changing ability last year, and that’s usually a sign that a young player is starting to figure things out. I also think that Zack Schilawski could challenge for Rookie of the Year honors if given enough playing time.
Prediction #7: Mauricio Castro will be released by the time the World Cup starts. Doesn’t make enough of an impact when he plays, and there are half a dozen guys on the roster who play his position. At some point, they’ll need to cut a midfielder to make room for a defender.
Prediction #8: The Revs will inquire about the availability of Michael Parkhurst this summer. Let this sink in for a minute: Michael Parkhurst has not played in a competitive match since early December. I don’t think Parky is ready to give up on Europe, yet… but I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s looking to move on. And yes, they would “make room” for him on the roster if he wants to return.
Prediction #9: The Revs will sign a Designated Player after the World Cup. I think the 2nd Designated Player rule will be adopted any day now, and you’ll see a number of significant mid-season acquisitions after the European season ends and after the World Cup is completed. The Revs will be in a position where if they’ll be left behind if they don’t acquire another impact player.
Prediction #10: For the third consecutive year, the Revs will bow out in the first round of the playoffs. Yes, I think they’ll make the playoffs. The defensive personnel is solid, Perovic will help settle things in the midfield, and I think they’ll score just enough goals once Twellman returns. However, they’re not on the same level as Columbus or Chicago in the East. 12-11-7, 43 points.