Update: November 1, 2011
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution continues off-season training on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Upper Practice Field at Gillette Stadium.
The team will train four times this week before concluding with exit physicals on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Gillette Stadium.
Revolution parts ways with head coach Steve Nicol
Last Monday, New England Revolution Investor/Operators Robert and Jonathan Kraft and Steve Nicol met and mutually decided to part ways … Nicol left the Revolution after 10 seasons, a league record for tenure with a single club … he posted a career record of 112-108-81, ranking second in Major League Soccer in overall career games coached (301) and fourth in wins.
The Search is on for the Sixth
The club began the search for a new head coach immediately, the first review process for a new head coach since 2002 … the coaching change will allow for just the sixth coach in club history to take the helm of the Revolution … Nicol leads all former Revolution coaches with 112 wins, 41 wins more than the combined total of his four predecessors – Fernando Clavijo (20), Walter Zenga (13), Thomas Rongen (23) and Frank Stapleton (15).
Steve Nicol took the Revolution to six successive MLS Eastern Conference Championship matches from 2002 through 2007, winning four to advance to MLS Cup four times: 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007 … he also led the team to its first-ever cup championship, the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as well as the SuperLiga 2008 crown to become the only MLS team to win the tournament.
Media day set for Nov. 29
The New England Revolution Under-18 and Under-16 teams will hold a media day in conjunction with their training session on Tuesday, November 29 … held in the Dana Farber Field House on the grounds of Gillette Stadium, the training session will be one of the teams’ final before the 2011-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, held in Sarasota, Fla., Dec. 2-6 … media will have the opportunity to speak with the U18 and U16 players and their coaches, and also get b-roll and photos.
UPCOMING DRAFT INFORMATION
2011 MLS Expansion Draft
Wednesday, Nov. 23 - via Conference Call
With Montreal entering MLS in 2012, the league will conduct the Expansion Draft on Wednesday, Nov. 23 … existing teams will protect 11 players from their rosters, with exclusions for some Home Grown players … Montreal will then make 10 selections from among the exposed players … existing teams must submit their protected lists to MLS on Monday, Nov. 21.
2011 Re-Entry Draft, Stage 1
Monday, Dec. 5 - via Conference Call
All 18 teams competing in 2012 will have the opportunity to augment their rosters through the Re-Entry Draft, which begins on Monday, Dec. 5 … players who are not made qualifying offers by their current clubs are available through a draft process for pre-determined salaries to the rest of the clubs … by virtue of their 17th-place regular-season finish (tied for 17th, but holding the season series tie-breaker with Vancouver), the Revs will have the second overall selection in the Re-Entry Draft.
2011 Re-Entry Draft, Stage 2
Monday, Dec. 12 - via Conference Call
The second stage of the Re-Entry Draft will be held one week following Stage 1 … players who were available but undrafted in Stage 1 are available to teams through the same draft order as Stage 1 … in the week between Stage 1 and Stage 2, undrafted players are able to re-negotiate their salaries with MLS and are then available at the salary rates … like Stage 1, the Revs will have the second selection in each round of Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft.
2012 MLS SuperDraft
Thursday, Jan. 12 – live in Kansas City, Mo.
MLS will conduct its annual college draft on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Kansas City, Mo. … players who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, as well as Generation adidas players and potentially a select number of young international players will be available to the 18 teams … this year, the SuperDraft was shortened from three rounds to two rounds … barring any trades, the Revs are expected to hold the third overall pick in both rounds of the SuperDraft … a full listing of the teams’ draft positions – including any positions swapped in trades - will be released closer to the draft.
2012 MLS Supplemental Draft
Monday, Jan. 17 – via Conference Call
MLS will conduct the annual Supplemental Draft on Monday, Jan. 17 … eligible players who were not selected in the MLS SuperDraft are available to teams in one of four rounds …this year, the Supplemental Draft was expanded from three rounds to four rounds … barring any trades, the Revs are expected to hold the third overall pick in each of the four rounds of the Supplemental Draft … a full listing of the teams’ draft positions – including any positions included in trades - will be released closer to the draft.