A special guest dropped by training on Monday morning; someone who’ll be instantly recognizable to fans of the Revolution circa 1999-2001.
Colombian legend Leonel Alvarez – who had two stints with the Dallas Burn from 1996-99 and a three-year spell with the Revs from 1999-2001 – was in town for an extended weekend visiting old acquaintances and made it a point to attend the Revolution’s training session at the Dana-Farber Field House.
Alvarez paid keen attention to New England’s Colombian duo of Fernando Cardenas and John Lozano, both of whom the former Colombia National Team head coach spoke of very highly. Alvarez called Cardenas “a magician with the ball,” while he praised Lozano’s discipline and winning mentality. An experienced MLSer himself, Alvarez said the objective for Cardenas and Lozano must be to adjust to the league’s fast-paced style and “show that they can play the game.”
If they’re anywhere near as successful as Alvarez – a three-time MLS All-Star – the Revs will be more than pleased.
Top: Leonel Alvarez takes in today's training session with Vice-President of Business Development Craig Tornberg; Middle: Alvarez catches up with Jay Heaps; Bottom: Alvarez answers interview questions.
This is the box score from Bayern Munich’s 4-1 win over AC Milan in the 2009 Audi Cup. Not bad company for the Revolution’s newest signing. Check out the highlights to see Sène score in the 89th minute and help set up Thomas Muller’s second goal just one minute later.
FC Bayern Munich 4 – 1 AC Milan
FCB – Thomas Muller 12
FCB – Bastian Schweinsteiger 79
ACM – Andrea Pirlo 81
FCB – Saër Sène 89
FCB – Thomas Muller 90
If you’ve seen pictures from the Revolution’s training camp in recent weeks, you might’ve noticed that second-year center back A.J. Soares saved some money this offseason by opting to stay away from the barber. In a typical West Coast style true to his roots, Soares appears to be letting the hair flow in 2012.
With these recent developments, we here at The Far Post have been left wondering if A.J. is on his way back to his Cal days, when he rocked a hairdo so luxurious it would’ve made David Beckham jealous.
Supporters and fans:
Thank you for your continued patience as we work through the situation with Jose Moreno.
Both myself and the club have received numerous questions about the situation in the last 48 hours, and I wanted to offer a longer explanation than 140 characters or a Facebook post could relay since we understand that it seems like radio silence from us on the matter.
Like many of you also heard or read, we got reports from Colombia on Tuesday afternoon that quotes attributed to Jose had been published on their league’s website saying he had chosen to remain with Once Caldas instead of reporting to our team.
These reports surprised us because last week, Michael Burns traveled to Colombia and met personally with Jose and Once Caldas executives to sign the necessary paperwork to complete the loan deal. At that time, Jose signed his MLS contract, and both Jose and Once Caldas officials signed the loan agreement. With everything signed, we announced his signing last Wednesday once MLS received all of the documentation and approved the announcement.
On top of a signed contract and loan agreement being on file, Jose’s Visa approval and ITC transfer have already been initiated, as well.
This deal with Jose and Once Caldas was borne out of three separate trips to Colombia where our folks watched Jose play and met with him for several hours to discuss the move. Once the paperwork was signed last week, we believed he was on his way to joining us later this month for the end of preseason camp.
The biggest reason for the lack of a resolution or response on this issue has been our desire to speak to Jose directly about the reports. In the last day-and-a-half, we have not been able to connect with Jose, and right now that is our highest priority.
We still don’t know with certainty that the quotes attributed to him were in fact his, so if they are, we need to understand what he’s dealing with and where his feelings are coming from before we proceed and find some resolution on the matter.
Thank you again for your concern about Jose, and when we are able to provide a further update, we will.
As you may have noticed in visiting our new blog, there's a little tab up there for "The Far Post." This section of the blog goes hand-in-hand with the Far Post podcast, which returns tomorrow.
In the meantime - cat videos! No really, check out this cat invading the Liverpool-Tottenham match last night. We've only had one cat experience here at Gillette (to my knowledge), and that was during our first-ever shooting of Revolution Gameday in 2010. Sadly, he was too fast to get on video.
Jay Heaps, Jay Miller and Ryan Guy talked the players at Grande Sports Academy last weekend about what it takes to reach the pros. (Video via Grande Sports Academy)
Just like his fellow countryman and teammate Kenny Mansally, Gambian Sainey Nyassi is entering his sixth season with the team. And just like Kenny did last Friday, Sainey today celebrates his 23rd birthday.
Sainey shares his birthday with musician/actor Justin Timberlake, actress Minnie Driver and MLB legends Nolan Ryan & Jackie Robinson. And of course,
Sainey shares his birthday with Montreal Impact midfielder and twin brother Sanna.
Do you share a birthday with Sainey Nyassi? If so, happy birthday!
Kevin Alston checks in from Casa Grande, Ariz. for the third and final time.