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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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Timbers fans excited for first MLS season

By Kevin Koczwara

Ben Anderson, 26, and John Holden, 24, support one of Major League Soccer’s newest teams, the Portland Timbers. Both Anderson and Holden were supporting the team they love at the MLS SuperDraft.

The Timbers were the first team Holden saw play in the U.S. and he hasn’t stopped supporting the team since.  “The Timbers’ game was far and away the best experience I’ve had at a soccer game, and from there it [his love for the team] snowballed,” said Holden.

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Kevin Koczwara can be reached at Kevin.Koczwara@thesoccerguysonline.com.

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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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