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Revs Defense Continues to Take Hits

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 9, 2009

Thought to be one of the strengths of the club at the conclusion of the 2009 season, the Revolution defense has already lost one player to retirement, and another to injury.  A third key member is a free agent, a fourth is due to return to Africa at the conclusion of his loan, and a key back up is now a member of the Philadelphia Union.

To recap:

  • Jay Heaps retired.  Say what you will about him, but he was a key part of what was a pretty stingy defense last year.
  • Emmanuel Osei’s loan agreement is up.  I liked him.  Prone to the types of mistakes that are likely to give Steve Nicol a coronary at some point in the future, but he was clearly up to the task most of the time.
  • Jeff Larentowicz is a free agent.  He likely won’t be back.  Ivy League grads don’t play three years of soccer at $30,000/year unless they see a big time payoff.  This is Jeff’s time to cash in, and I doubt that will happen in MLS.
  • The situation in goal is a mess.  Brad Knighton was picked up by Philadelphia in the Expansion Draft.  No problem, the Revs still have Matt Reis, right?  Err…  not so much.  You see, Reis just had shoulder surgery that should keep him sidelined for the next 4-to-6 months.  Before you run to the calendar, that means he’ll likely miss the start of the Regular Season.  The only healthy goalkeeper on the roster at the moment?  22-year old Bobby Shuttleworth, last seen playing Division I soccer with the University of Buffalo.  There’s talk that the Revs have talked to Philadelphia about reacquiring Knighton, but if I were Peter Nowak, it would not come cheaply.

Do the Revs now have a problem in defense?

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Farewell, Jay Heaps

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 3, 2009

Good player, better person.

Best of luck to one of the classiest gusy to ever wear a Revs shirt.

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Report: Mariner Headed Back to England

Posted by Mike Marshall on October 8, 2009

A bit of a shocker for a slow Thursday evening:

Former England striker Paul Mariner is being lined up for a return to first club Plymouth as assistant manager.

Mariner, 56, has been in talks with the new Home Park board and his appointment is set to be rubber-stamped next week.

It will be his first management post in England after 20 years in the USA, where he is assistant to ex-Liverpool and Scotland defender Steve Nicol at MLS club New England Revolution.

No word as to whether Mariner would be leaving immediately, or if he’d see this season out in Foxboro.

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From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department

Posted by Mike Marshall on October 6, 2009

Taylor Twellman, Cosmo Model.

I can’t even add anything to this.

Emergency Update: It just keeps getting better.

Twellman, who split last year from wife Lindsay, reveals in his Cosmo Q&A that he hates talking to women about his job (“I’m looking for a girl who’s about being with me, not about being with a soccer player,” he says), and that he’s into ladies who wear white tops with jeans and high heels. Good to know.

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Ex-Revs Watch: Semedo, Torres, Zenga

Posted by Mike Marshall on June 10, 2009

If you’re anything like me, you’ve often thought to yourself, “Self, what ever happened to former Revolution midfielder Carlos Semedo?  Where is he playing these days?”  Now, we know…

He’s playing for a club called Emigrantes Das Ilhas of the New England Luso American Soccer League.


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