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Twellman to Retire?

Posted by Mike Marshall on October 3, 2010

Tucked away neatly in an otherwise euphoric article about how the Revs may pursue multiple Designated Players this winter is this little bombshell from ESPNBoston.com’s Gus Martins:

A big part of the team’s woes has been playing the season without all-time leading scorer Taylor Twellman who is suffering from post-concussion syndrome and will likely retire at the end of the season.

Yikes.  If this is true, I can’t say I’m surprised, but it’s still a bit jarring.

Wonder if TNT will end up tweeting about this.  Hmmm…

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Hell Freezes Over: Revs to Pursue Designated Player

Posted by Mike Marshall on October 3, 2010

Stunned.

But in a good way.  A very good way.

Check out what Brian Bilello told Frank Dell’Apa in today’s Globe:

“In talking with ownership, their priority was not just getting better but they want to get better quickly,’’ Bilello said before Real Salt Lake defeated the Revolution, 2-1. “While they understand there are some things that may take a little bit of time to do, they want us to think about ways that we can get better very quickly.

“What we’ve decided on is we’ll be looking to bring in a designated player this offseason. Our goal would be to find a designated player before the 2011 season kicks off, but it’s hard to guarantee it because we don’t have players lined up or signed or anything like that.’’

Wait… it gets better.

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Reality Check on the “Rebuild”

Posted by Mike Marshall on September 30, 2010

You know how some people have justified the giant pile of pig feces that passed for the 2010 Revolution as a “rebuilding year”?  I’d like to give those people a reality check.

The league’s official web site is publishing a countdown of the 24 best players in MLS age 24 or younger.  They’re down to their Top 10, and the only Revolution player to check in is Kevin Alston at #21.  Here’s 11-24:

24.  Dax McCarty, M, FC Dallas
23.  Roger Torres, M, Philadelphia
22.  Jack McInerney, F, Philadelphia
21.  Kevin Alston, D, New England
20.  Will Johnson, M, Real Salt Lake
19.  Juninho, M, Los Angeles
18.  Chris Pontius, F, DC United
17.  Teal Bunbury, F, Kansas City
16.  Tony Tchani, M, New York
15.  Robbie Rogers, M, Columbus
14.  Bill Hamid, GK, DC United
13.  Tristan Bowen, M, Kansas City
12.  Ryan Smith, M, Kansas City
11.  Ike Opara, D, San Jose

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Jankauskas Waived

Posted by Mike Marshall on September 30, 2010

From the Revolution web site:

The New England Revolution released forward Edgaras Jankauskas today.

Jankauskas, 35, signed with the Revolution on July 1, 2009, and made 14 regular-season appearances in one-and-a-half injury-marred seasons. The former Lithuanian international scored two goals and added one assist, both in 2009. In 2010,

Jankauskas made four substitute appearances, playing 147 minutes.

The official story also included that picture.  Funny, that’s the same face I made when I learned that he was making $240,000 this year.

That works out to a tidy $1633 per minute played this season.

Happy the Revs are fixing their mistakes, but God, who didn’t see this coming from a mile away?

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Would you take Taylor Twellman back?

Posted by Mike Marshall on September 26, 2010

Pure hypothetical with zero inside information… let’s say Taylor Twellman comes back to the Revs and says he’ll play the next two seasons for $150,000/year.  Would you take that deal if you’re the Revs?  What if it’s $100,000?  Or is it just time for the organization to move on, no matter how much he’s willing to play for?

On the plus side, if he ever does regain even 80% of his prior form, he’s well worth the money.  On the down side, there’s a decent chance you’ll just be throwing away $150,000/year.

Personally, I think about $135,000/year is what I’d feel comfortable bringing him back at.

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Revs Notebook: Barnes Signed, Perovic Next?

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 20, 2010

Kudos to the Revs for getting 2nd year defender Darrius Barnes signed to a multi-year contract.  It’ll be interesting to see the numbers and cap hit on that, though.

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I Really Like Marko Perovic

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 16, 2010

It’s not quite a DVD Player in terms of scouting, but after watching a few You Tube clips of Serbian midfielder Mark Perovic, I really hope the Revs sign him.  Take a look:

Big kid… quick feet… skilled… good in traffic… and yes, I realize it was pretty poor defending.

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Sinovic, Boggs Signed

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 15, 2010

According to the official site, the Revs have inked deals with second round picks Seth Sinovic and Zak Boggs.  Both players were signed to the Developmental Roster.

Reaction from Captain Obvious:

“Seth and Zak are both promising players and we’re pleased to add them to the roster,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “Both players have showed some good things during preseason training, and now that they are on the roster, provide us with more depth in several positions. We’re looking forward to developing them in our system.”

For his part, Boggs thinks the whole thing is awesome:

“It’s awesome,” he said. “I’ve been here for a while now and it’s been awesome. I don’t know what else to say.”

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Nicol: Desire could be as good as Phelan, Videira

Posted by Mike Marshall on February 24, 2010

It’s not every day that a MLS coach travels halfway around the world to find more competition for the likes of Pat Phelan and Mike Videira:

With the offseason departures of veterans Steve Ralston and Jeff Larentowicz, the Revs will be relying more heavily on the development of younger players like Pat Phelan and Mike Videira, both of whom are likely to see increased playing time this season. It’s essentially a given that 2009 MVP finalist Shalrie Joseph has locked down one of the central midfield roles, and Nicol envisions Desire, Phelan and Videira in a battle for the second spot.

Please let him be an undiscovered Essien.  Please let him be an undiscovered Essien.  Please let him be an undiscovered Essien.

My favorite quote from Stevie: “He likes to keep the ball and pass the ball,” Nicol said.

Which is it?  Does he like to keep the ball, or does he like to pass it?  And what midfielder doesn’t want to either keep the ball or pass the ball.  It’s brilliant.  It’s the kind of quote that he can use to describe just about every midfielder on the face of the Earth without telling us anything.

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Revs Sign Midfielder No One Has Ever Heard Of

Posted by Mike Marshall on February 22, 2010

Welcome to Foxboro(ugh), Niouky Desire…

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution announced today that Senegalese central midfielder Niouky Desire has signed a contract with Major League Soccer to play for the Revolution. He will occupy one of the team’s eight international roster spots. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not released. He will join the team pending receipt of his U.S. P-1 Visa.

Desire, 23, has played Dakar-based Port Autonome for the past four seasons. Before joining Port Autonome, he featured for ASC Diaraf, another club based in Dakar, for four seasons.

“We’re pleased that we were able to bring Niouky to the Revolution,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “He’s a traditional center midfielder who is comfortable in different formations, and he will give us depth in the middle of the field.”

I want to like this signing, I really do.  But bringing a guy no one has ever heard of, and then saying he’ll add depth to the midfield sounds like a Stephane Assengue-style “we found this guy nobody knows about in Africa and we think he’s decent, and we only have to pay him $48,000/year” move.

God, I hope I’m wrong.  But I would feel a lot better if Burnsie or Nicol came out and said something like, “Niouky will be a big part of the team this year and we have high hopes for his future with the club.”

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