In the fifth and final episode of "Inside the SuperDraft," the behind-the-scenes series concludes with a busy second round for the Revolution, who are excited to see several highly-ranked players fall to them.
Today was that magical day where the entire team has promotional photos and head shots taken for the 2013 season. Needless to say, there's some characters on this squad. Photos by David Silverman.
Thursday night's RevGirl Finals at GameOn! in Boston was a great success, and thank you to all who attended. Your five winners were Brittany Clement (Attleboro, Mass.), Wendy Pollack, Stephanie Ballou (Brighton, Mass.), Meghan Bradshaw (Devens Mass.) and Jessica Graf (Cranston, R.I.). Check out some photos from the event below. If you missed this one, the Providence leg of the 2013 RevGirl finals takes place on Thursday, Feb. 7 at RiRa.
The series goes behind the scenes on draft day in Indianapolis with top pick Andrew Farrell getting ready for the big day and at the New England table as they make the number one selection.
Just as he’s hard to pin down on the field, Farrell does not fit easy profiles off it — perhaps owing to the circumstances of his childhood and early exposure to the game. Adopted at a young age by religious parents, at the age of 5 he found himself moved to Peru, where his mother and father were deployed as missionaries and where he was introduced to the game (“my mom was my first coach”). By the time he came back to the USA at the age of 15, he had been steeped in a soccer culture that prized technical ability over physical strength, even though it became apparent that his physique was filling out powerfully for his age.
Grantland's Graham Parker interviews Revolution defender and #1 overall SuperDraft pick Andrew Farrell in this can't-miss piece.
We've seen quite a bit of chatter on our social media channels on the subject of streaming our games from here in Casa Grande.
While we always appreciate any feedback and the desire to have this game available, I need to make it clear that if there was a way for myself and the digital staff to stream these games, we would. Grande Sports World is a tremendous venue for the team to accomplish everything they need to on the field, from the indoor workout facilities to the 10 soccer fields and a host of other amenities.
View from my hotel room. Not bad at all.
As you can see, it's all about the fields here. Unforuntately for us digital folk, this is not a stadium. There is no outdoor power on the fields and there is no hard line internet connection. There is no press box, just bleachers for fans and staff to share. This makes it impossible to set up a live internet stream of a soccer match.
We've also had a few folks mention that we could bust out our iPhones and just stream the game from there.
To an extent, this is true - it's physically possible to hold a phone on the sidelines and stream the game from the sidelines over a 3G connection (with a mere two bars of service).
However, the product you'd be seeing on the other end would be less than remarkable. For example, I shot this during our game on Friday against Sporting KC:
The angle of view alone is not great, as the only time you'd have a decent view is when play is on the left side of the center circle. Everything else is a blur in this clip.
Now - imagine the buffering and pixelation that would also be a part of a live stream. It would be awful, and I guarantee fans would be shutting this off soon after they turned it on. Not to mention I am not confident that an iPhone battery would last for an entire 90 minutes of live streaming.
This may just sound like a laundry list of excuses, but I can't be any more honest when I say that if we had the option to stream these games, we would. MLS will be streaming each of our Desert Diamond Cup matches in a few weeks, and we'll continue to provide coverage of the team from Casa Grande and Tucson with a week at Gillette in the middle.
Editor's note: I originally embedded a few fan tweets simply as a reference to what was being said on our Twitter feed and #NERevs hash tag, but I have since removed them as to not single out a small group of fans. Again, we appreciate all feedback and suggestions whether it be on social media or here on revolutionsoccer.net.
Greetings from Casa Grande! From what I hear, it's pretty cold back home, so hopefully these photos will help to defrost your bones for a little while.
As we move closer to next Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, take a look back at 13 Revolution Draft picks over the years. Note: click the 'full-screen' symbol at the bottom right to view full-screen, and click 'more info' at the top left to view the caption for each photo (captions available in full-screen mode only)