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New England Revolution trying to catch up with new facilities and new approach

By Kevin Koczwara

Changes needed to happen for the New England Revolution to keep up with the rest of Major League Soccer. The Revolution enjoyed success in the mid-2000’s, but as the decade came to a close the Revs fell so far behind the rest of the league that they can barely see the rest of the league’s brake lights ahead. This winter, New England’s front office staff set out on a mission to change that, to get the team back on track and catch it up with the rest of the league.

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Revolution sign French forward Saër Sène

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution announced today that the club signed French forward Saër Sène on a free transfer from Germany’s Bayern Munich. Sène played for Munich’s reserve squad since 2009, Bayern Munich II, which competes in the lower levels of Germany’s professional system. He will be formally added to the team’s roster upon receipt of his U.S. P-1 Visa and his International Transfer Certificate.

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New England Revolution hope it can solve left back problem with Tyler Polak

The New England Revolution landed left back Tyler Polak in the second round of the 2012 SuperDraft. The Generation adidas player was a stand out at Creighton. (Courtesy RevolutionSoccer.net/New England Revolution)

 By Kevin Koczwara

New England Revolution General Manager Mike Burns felt pretty good about his team’s draft picks in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. New England picked Generation adidas (GA) and UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe with the 3rd pick in the draft and GA defender Tyler Polak from Creighton with the 22nd pick. But there is always a hint of doubt when talking about MLS draft picks because, like with every other draft in professional sports, there are intangibles that can’t be measured and no one knows how a player will develop as a professional.

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New England Revolution fill needs with signing of Lozano and Cárdenas

Players signed on one-year loans with option to buy

 

By Kevin Koczwara

On Monday, Jan. 9, the New England Revolution announced the signing of two players from Colombia, John Lozano and Fernando Cárdenas. Cárdenas and Lozano signed with the Revs from América de Cali, which competed in Colombia’s Apertura league until it was relegated at the end of the season after losing in a playoff in penalty kicks.

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Revs producing early question marks

By Ryan Fleming

 

The New England Revolution continue to flip and flop their roster with moves that many could see coming. There are those, still, that have many losing their hair, following up with the obligatory “here we go again” motto.

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Jay Heaps Has Been Working for This Opportunity

The New England Revolution officially announced Jay Heaps the team's newest manager on Wednesday, November 16. (Courtesy New England Revolution/revolutionsoccer.net)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Jay Heaps jumped at the opportunity to work at Morgan Stanley after he retired from professional soccer in 2009. The offer: spend six-months in an intense program where he would learn to manage money, invest in the present and the future in an business environment (Private Wealth Management) where success is measured in tangible numbers. Where success is managed in profit and making progress. He took the job because he didn’t see any coaching jobs he really wanted, and because it was a great opportunity. And Heaps doesn’t miss many opportunities.

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New England's First DP: Hold the applause for now

By Ryan Fleming

To the surprise and absolute relief of New England Revolution’s supporters, the team announced today that for the first time in the club’s history it has signed a Designated Player. Milton Caraglio, an Argentine, is the man in Foxborough now – aside from Vice President of Player Personnel Mike Burns, the man the with heaviest weight on his shoulders.

Not only does Caraglio get paid DP money, he also gets all the pressure applied to a DP in the MLS. Now, it might seem like if the 22-year old would go to, say, New York, he might have more pressure on him, but give me a second to change your mind.

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Revolution signs Milton Caraglio as first Designated Player

From the Club Press Release

Revs add 22-year-old Argentine striker to club as first-ever DP signing

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution announced today that Argentine forward Milton Caraglio (pronounced car-RAHL-yee-oh) has signed with Major League Soccer and will play for the Revolution as its first-ever Designated Player. Caraglio will occupy one of the team’s eight international roster spots. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

Caraglio is expected to join the Revolution for training on Thursday, August 4, and will be added to the team’s official roster upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

“We’re pleased that Milton is joining us as our first Designated Player,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel said. “He is a talented player who has played against some of South America’s best competition, and we’re looking forward to getting him integrated into our squad as soon as possible.”

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From California to New England: A.J. Soares takes the next step

The New England Revolution selected 22-year-old center back A.J. Soares with the sixth pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. (Courtesy Major League Soccer)

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution allowed a league leading 50 goals in the 2010 Major League Soccer season, and had a minus-18 in goal differential. Injuries plagued the team, and Steve Nicol shifted the squad almost every game, trying to find the perfect fit. It proved especially difficult for a team without a true identity or a true goalscorer, and a battered and bruised bunch playing out of position because there just weren’t enough bodies left on the bench.

At 9-16-5 (31 points) the Revolution missed out on the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in nine years, and it became clear in the Revolution’s 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls in the last game of the season that New England needed to make some big moves, starting with the MLS SuperDraft.

With the sixth pick in the draft, the Revolution selected A.J. Soares, a 22-year-old central defender from the University of California.

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New England Revolution SuperDraft 2011 recap and importance of Reserve League

The New England Revolution selected 22-year-old center back A.J. Soares with the sixth pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The former University of California player's playing style has been compared to that of former Revs center back Michael Parkhurt. (Courtesy Major League Soccer)

By Kevin Koczwara

BALTIMORE, Md. — The New England Revolution disappointed in the 2010. The club failed to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in eight years and the Revs never really got going in league play. New England did reach the SuperLiga finals, but lost, 2-1, to Monarcas Morelia.

The Revolution had the fourth worst record in Major League Soccer last year, granting them the sixth pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft — expansion sides the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers took the first two picks in the draft. New England was looking to fix it’s bottom ranked defense that allowed 50 goals last year, or the third worst offense in the league that mustered up a club low 32 goals scored.

A.J. Soares slipped perfectly into New England’s plan to reshape and revamp its defense this year after last year’s dismal season. Revs selected Soares with the sixth pick. The 22-year-old central defender fits nicely into a young defense that also boasts two-budding, solid defenders in Kevin Alston at the right back and Darrius Barnes as the rock in the center of the defense.

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