Revolution Update - March 7, 2011

Revs still perfect (4-0-0) in preseason heading into Atlanta MLS Challenge

TEAM NOTES

Current Preseason Roster (March 7, 2011)

The Revolution currently has 27 players in training camp in Kennesaw, Ga., with 26 players currently under contract and one non-contracted training camp invitee.

Goalkeepers (3): Tim Murray, Matt Reis, Bobby Shuttleworth

Defenders (8): Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Ryan Cochrane, Franco Coria, Didier Domi, Otto Loewy*, A.J. Soares, Seth Sinovic

Midfielders (11): Michael Augustine, Ousmane Dabo, Shalrie Joseph, Ryan Kinne, Kenny Mansally, Stephen McCarthy, Sainey Nyassi, Marko Perović, Andrew Sousa, Pat Phelan, Chris Tierney

Forwards (5): Zak Boggs, Kheli Dube, Alan Koger, Zack Schilawski, Ilija Stolica

*non-rosters/non-contracted player
Notes: Defender Otto Loewy (Winthrop University) is in training with the team this week … Home Grown player Diego Fagundez remains with the Under-16 team competing in the youth program’s spring season while the Revs are in Atlanta.

Date Opponent Time/Result NE Goal scorers (Assists)
Feb. 18 Univ. of Central Florida W, 2-0 Kinne (unassisted), Joseph (Tierney)
Feb. 21 U.S. Under-17 MNT W, 2-0 Tierney (unassisted), Phelan (Tierney)
Feb. 23 FC Dallas W, 1-0 Nyassi (Schilawski)
March 6 Columbus Crew W, 2-1 Nyassi (unassisted), Schilawski (unassisted)
March 9 Columbus Crew 7:30 p.m.  
March 13 Houston Dynamo 3 p.m.  

Revs Remain Unbeaten in Preseason

The Revs improved to 4-0-0 in the 2011 preseason with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sunday … Sainey Nyassi scored his second goal of the preseason campaign in the 43rd minute and Zack Schilawski scored the eventual game-winner in the 81st minute … Tom Heinemann scored an unassisted tally in stoppage time for Columbus … the goal was the first of the preseason scored against the Revs

Defense Continues to Shine
The Revs have allowed just one goal in 360 minutes of preseason game action, with the lone score coming in the 91st minute on Sunday, March 6, against the Columbus Crew … New England posted three straight shutouts to start preseason, all three games coming in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 3-13 … on that trip, the Revs shut out the University of Central Florida (Feb. 18, 2-0), members of the U.S. Under-17 men’s national team (Feb. 21, 2-0) and FC Dallas (Feb. 23, 1-0).

Nyassi Scores Again
Fifth-year midfielder Sainey Nyassi scored the game’s opening goal for the second straight match with a 43rd minute goal against Columbus on Sunday, March 6 … Nyassi also scored in the 10th minute against FC Dallas on Feb. 23 … Nyassi scored three goals and added two assists in a team-high 28 appearances in 2010 … the Gambia international is the only Revs player who has scored more than one goal this preseason.

Augustine Joins Team
On Friday, March 4, the Revolution signed Nigerian midfielder Michael Augustine … Augustine, 18, comes to the MLS from Nigeria’s FCT Abuja … after starting his career with the Abuja academy team in 2005, Augustine was elevated to the club’s first team in 2008 with whom he scored 18 goals … … Augustine made his preseason debut with the Revs against Columbus on March 6, entering the game as a substitute to start the second half at right midfield … he trained with the team for the first team on Friday, March 5, after taking a red eye flight from Lagos, Nigeria, overnight and landing in Atlanta at 5 a.m.

Boggs and Murray Re-Sign

Second-year players Zak Boggs and Tim Murray re-signed with the Revs on Wednesday, March 2 … Boggs made nine appearances – including four starts – in 2010, but missed the entire second half of the season after suffering a concussion in training in late June … Murray did not appear for the first team in 2010, but finished the season second on the goalkeeper depth chart after injuries to Matt Reis and Preston Burpo during the year.

Rookies Kinne, Koger and Sousa Sign

On Thursday, March 3, the Revs signed 2011 SuperDraft selections Ryan Kinne and Alan Koger, as well as Supplemental Draft selection Andrew Sousa … Kinne, 21, was a NSCAA All-American, Hermann Trophy semifinalist and Northeast Conference player of the year in both his junior and senior seasons at Monmouth … Koger, 23, was an all-region selection following his senior season at William & Mary after scoring 10 goals in 22 matches … Sousa, 21 and a Fall River, Mass., native, scored seven goals and added six assists in three seasons at Providence after playing one season at Limestone College (S.C.).

Conference Calls from Atlanta

The first of two scheduled conference calls from the Atlanta trip will take place at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 7 … head coach Steve Nicol, goalkeeper Matt Reis and defender A.J. Soares will be available on the call … a second call is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, with Nicol and selected players … details for that call will be distributed to members of the media approximately 36-48 hours ahead of the call.

Individual Tickets Now on Sale

Individual game tickets to 2011 Revolution matches are now on sale ... tickets purchased in advance start at $20 for The Fort, and $21 for corner seats … the 2011 season marks the first season in Gillette Stadium history that the West side of the stadium will be opened for Revolution regular-season matches … for more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-GET-REVS or visit revolutionsoccer.net.

Media Day – March 16, 2011

The Revolution will hold its annual Media Day on Wednesday, March 16, at Gillette Stadium … every member of the Revolution roster and coaching staff will be on hand and available to media, following a press luncheon and press availability for Chief Operating Officer Brian Bilello and Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns.

Off-Season Transactions

November 1, 2010: Promoted Bryan Scales to Director of Youth Development

November 3, 2010: F Taylor Twellman ends playing career because of ongoing medical concerns (concussion)

November 15, 2010: Signed Under-16 M/F Diego Fagundez as first-ever Home Grown Player

December 15, 2010: Selected D Ryan Cochrane (Houston Dynamo) and M Fred (Philadelphia Union) in Stage Two of Re-Entry Process

December 23, 2010: Signed D Ryan Cochrane, Re-signed GK Matt Reis

January 11, 2011: Signed D Didier Domi

January 12, 2011: Re-signed M/D Chris Tierney

January 13, 2011: Selected D A.J. Soares, M Stephen McCarthy, F Steven Perry, F/M Ryan Kinne and F Alan Koger in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft

January 17, 2011: Waived D Emmanuel Osei

January 18, 2011: Re-signed D Seth Sinovic; Selected D/M Hunter Christiansen, M Fernando Cabadas and M Andrew Sousa in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft

February 7, 2011: Re-signed M Pat Phelan

February, 11, 2011: Signed M Ousmane Dabo

February, 17, 2011: Signed D Franco Coria

February 18, 2011: Traded the rights to M Fred to D.C. United in exchange for United’s 2013 natural second-round SuperDraft selection

March 2, 2011: Re-signed F/M Zak Boggs and GK Tim Murray

March 3, 2011: Signed M Ryan Kinne, F Alan Koger and M Andrew Sousa

March 4, 2011: Signed M Michael Augustine

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Youth Teams Split to Open Spring

The Revolution youth teams opened their U.S. Developmental Academy spring schedules last weekend, playing a pair of games against NJSA 04 on Saturday, March 5, and Match Fit Chelsea on Sunday, March 6 … the U-16s swept a pair of results, defeating NJSA 04, 3-2, and Match Fit Chelsea, 3-1 … the U-18s suffered losses to both NJSA 04 (1-0) and Match Fit Chelsea (4-3) … Diego Fagundez – the Revs’ first-ever Home Grown Player – had one goal and one assist with the U-16s against NJSA 04 and one assist playing with the U-18s against Match Fit Chelsea.

Another Busy Week for Academy

Both the Revolution youth teams will train Tuesday through Thursday this week, 7:30-9 p.m., at Forekicks in Marlborough, Mass … the U-16s and U-18s will host to PA Classics and FC Delco at Gillette Stadium Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, respectively … the U-18s will play at 10 a.m. each day with the U-16s kicking off at 12:30 p.m.

SUPPORTERS NEWS

Search for the Next Rev Girls

Interested in being a Rev Girl? The squad will host the second stage of its public try-out on Saturday, March 12, at McFadden’s in Providence, R.I. … for more information, visit the Rev Girls page on revolutionsoccer.net (http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/supporters/revgirls).

Win a visit from a Revs midfielder

Make a video or post a photo telling the Revs why you’re one of the best Revs season ticket holders, and you could win a visit from midfielder Marko Perović or Chris Tierney next week … to enter a video, go to YouTube and upload your video tagged with “2011MIDFIELDERS” … to enter a photo, go to Flickr and upload your photo tagged with “2011MIDFIELDERS” … Perović and Tierney will chose the winning entries and will hand-deliver the winners’ tickets on March 16 or March 17 … for more information, visit revolutionsoccer.net (http://revolutionsoccer.net/content/2011midfielderscontest) … contest ends March 11.

Season Opener Watch Parties

The Revs will host a watch party for the team’s season opener at LA on March 20 … come down to CBS Scene at Patriot Place to watch the Revs take on the Galaxy at 8 p.m. … appetizer and meal specials will be available to Revs fans … for fans in the Boston area, check out the Revs Army Watch Party, which will be held at Church (69 Kilmarnock St., Boston), featuring local bands performing after the game.