Twellman No Chance of Return, Revs Sign Griffiths

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

Taylor Twellman has not suited up seen any action for the New England Revolution since Aug. 30, 2008 when he suffered a head injury after collision with former Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin. There was hope Twellman would be ready to play this season for the Revolution, but now his hopes of returning to the field this year have ended.

“My goal from the start of this season was to be back on the field this year,” Twellman said. “I’m very disappointed that this setback has derailed that goal.”

Twellman was placed on New England’s season-ending injury list because of setbacks in his training and rehabilitation. The last time Twellman participated in a Revolution training session was on Tuesday, May 18. It is reported the setback for Twellman occurred during rehabilitation in mid-May.

“We’re extremely disappointed for Taylor that this setback has ended his season,” said Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns. “He was working hard to return to the field in 2010.”

The Revolution have missed Twellman’s presence and goal-scoring ability this season. He is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 101 goals in 174 appearances for the Revs.

Revs Sign Jason Griffiths

Twellman’s move to the disabled list for the rest of the season opened a spot on the roster for Revolution Manager Steve Nicol, and he wasted no time filling it.

New England signed its third-round draft pick from the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Jason Griffiths.

Griffiths, 23, spent four years of college playing for the Kentucky Wildcats and appeared in 65 games with 64 for starts during his college career. He scored 12 goals, going 8-for-8 in penalty-kicks, and had 10 assists in four years while earning all-region honors as a senior. In 2008 he was first-team All-Conference USA and selected for the Conference USA All-Tournament Team.

“We’re pleased to bring Jason into the squad,” Burns said. “He’s a hard-working central midfielder who we believe can grow in our system.”

Griffiths is a native of Bracknell, England, and will occupy one of the Revolution’s international roster spots.

Kevin Koczwara is a contributing writer and editor for The Soccer Guys. He can be reached at kevin.koczwara@thesoccerguysonline.com.

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