On Tuesday, June 5, the New England Revolution conducted the first-ever Revs Training Center (RTC) for its newest affiliate club, Empire Revolution in Western New York.
The RTC was for the top boys across Western New York, born in 1996, 1997 and 1998. With 50 talented young men in attendance, the Revs, Empire and U.S Soccer Development Academy staff coaches put the boys through the paces for an intense 90 minute session which simulated the Revolution’s regular training sessions and those run by the U.S. Soccer youth staff.
The coaches were pleased with the standard of play from prospective Empire players, with a high work rate and infectious attitude prevalent among the players who wished to impress for a spot into the Revolution’s development system.
“We’re very excited about how our first event with Empire went,” Revolution Academy Director Deven Apajee said. “The boys were outstanding and we enjoyed working with the Empire staff for this event. Everyone was thrilled to hear more about the details of our partnership, and the opportunities that are now available to the Empire players because of the Revs relationship.”
Apajee also provided players and parents with presentation about the newly-launched Revs–Empire partnership and the unique and exclusive soccer opportunities – including international competition, extensive training, MLS Reserve League call-ups and more - available to the players through the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program and the Revolution system.
Tuesday’s RTC was the first of many player development events the New England Revolution will be conducting in Western New York through their partnership with Empire.
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The Revolution had a special guest at todays' training session, as Framingham-born boxer Danny O'Connor was on hand to watch training and meet the guys. Danny is a huge Revs fan and will be the honorary captain at Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire. Jeff Lemieux chatted with Danny afterward, check out the interview and some photos from Danny's visit below.
On this day in 1978, Revolution Captain Shalrie Joseph was born in Saint George, Grenada, complete with a full head of braided hair. Okay so that last part isn't true, but today is definitely Shalrie's 34th birthday.
Do you share a birthday with Shalrie? If so, Happy Birthday! Check out some photos of Shalrie throughout the years below.
10 Revs players visited Boston Children's Hospital on May 22, 2012. Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Zak Boggs, Blake Brettschneider, Kelyn Rowe, Stephen McCarthy, Tim Murray, Tyler Polak, Mike Roach and Bobby Shuttleworth. After a stop in group work rooms to paint planters, they made visits to several rooms throughout various wards in the hospital.
Check out photos and some tweets from the players summing up their afternoons.
Set your reminders now, as Revolution defenders A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney will stop by The D.A. Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub with Damon Amendolara this Wednesday, May 23, from 9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Give a call into the show at (617) 779-0985, and more importantly, click here to listen online.
Due to multiple scheduling conflicts, we recorded this week's Far Post Podcast this afternoon. Despite some "slacking" allegations by some people on Facebook (you know who you are), we hope what today's episode lacked in timeliness was made up for in quality.
Oh, and this is what came on the TV screens in the studio towards the end of the show:
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Hear what Revolution defender A.J. Soares had to say regarding bullying on the Jeff Santos show.