Weekly Update: Casa Grande

Revs head to Arizona for first of two preseason trips

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution enters its first full week of training camp and departs today for a 10-day training trip in Casa Grande, Ariz. During the trip, the team will train and play in two exhibition matches: against Sporting KC on Friday, Jan. 25, and against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Jan. 29, both held at the Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Also this week, the Revolution will draft several players in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft, held on Tuesday via conference call. The Revs currently hold four selections – the fourth pick in each round: picks No. 4, No. 23, No. 42 and No. 61 overall.

TEAM NOTES

Current training camp roster

An up-to-date preseason roster can be accessed at the team’s website (HERE) ... this roster will be updated weekly, so check the web site regularly for the most up-to-date version … click on the CLUB link at the top of the home page, and click the 2013 Preseason Roster (PDF) link in the drop-down menu … as of Monday, eight non-rostered players are in camp with the Revolution: defender Bilal Duckett, defender Quinton Griffith, forward Matt Horth, forward Oliver Kapo, goalkeeper Tim Murray, midfielder Donnie Smith, goalkeeper Luis Soffner and forward Luke Spencer.

Supplemental Draft on Tuesday

On Tuesday, MLS will conduct the annual Supplemental Draft via conference call … there will be four rounds of picks, with New England holding four selections – the fourth pick in each round: picks No. 4, No. 23, No. 42 and No. 61 overall … teams can select players from the pool of draft-eligible players who were not selected in last Thursday’s SuperDraft in Indianapolis.

Roster breakdown by position

The Revs have opened preseason camp with 23 players under contract … there are two (2) goalkeepers, seven (7) natural defenders, 10 natural midfielders and four (4) forwards on the roster.

Roster breakdown by international status

With eight international roster spots available to the Revs this season, seven are currently occupied with signed players: Jerry Bengtson (Honduras), Kalifa Cisse (France), Diego Fagundez (Uruguay), Jose Goncalves (Portugal), Dimitry Imbongo (Congo), Saer Sene (France) and Juan Toja (Colombia).

Roster breakdown by age

Of the 23 players signed, there are currently:

  • Three (3) players who are 30 years old or older: Matt Reis – 37, Andy Dorman – 30 and Clyde Simms – 30
  • Five (5) players age 27-29: Kalifa Cisse – 29, Jose Goncalves – 27, Ryan Guy – 27, Chris Tierney – 27 and Juan Toja – 27
  • Eight (8) players ages 24-26: Darrius Barnes – 26, Jerry Bengtson – 25, Stephen McCarthy – 24, Lee Nguyen – 26, Saer Sene – 26, Bobby Shuttleworth – 25 and A.J. Soares – 24
  • Four (4) players ages 21-23: Scott Caldwell – 21, Dimitry Imbongo – 22, Sainey Nyassi – 23 and Kelyn Rowe – 21
  • Three (3) players 20 years old or younger: Andrew Farrell – 20, Diego Fagundez – 17 and Tyler Polak – 20

Who’s returning

Eighteen (18) players return from the 2012 squad, including veteran goalkeepers Matt Reis and Bobby Shuttleworth … six players who were primarily defenders return: Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Tyler Polak, A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney … six midfielders return: Ryan Guy, Lee Nguyen, Sainey Nyassi, Kelyn Rowe, Clyde Simms and Juan Toja … four forwards also return: Jerry Bengtson, Diego Fagundez, Dimitry Imbongo and Saer Sene.

Who’s not back

Eight (8) players are no longer with the club following the conclusion of the 2012 season … Benny Feilhaber, who’s option was not picked up, was traded to Sporting KC for allocation money and Sporting KC’s natural first-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and its natural second-round pick in the 2015 SuperDraft … Blake Brettschneider, Flo Lechner, Alec Purdie and Michael Roach were waived at the conclusion of the season … the club declined to exercise the contract options on Fernando Cardenas, Feilhaber, Blair Gavin and Tim Murray … Gavin and Murray were available to other teams in the Re-Entry Process, but were not selected.

Additional fresh faces in Foxborough

Ahead of the 2013 season, the Revolution have already added five players – including a league-high three signings from outside the league – to their roster … with the signings of French midfielder Kalifa Cisse, Welsh midfielder Andy Dorman and Portuguese defender Jose Goncalves – as well as Homegrown midfielder Scott Caldwell (Braintree, Mass.) and first overall 2013 SuperDraft pick, defender Andrew Farrell – the Revs had brought in more talent from outside the league than any other team besides FC Dallas (also with three signings from outside MLS) to date … as of today, the Revs’ roster stands at 23 players with seven of the team’s international roster spots used.

SuperDraft recap

On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Revolution selected four players in the MLS SuperDraft, held in Indianapolis … after securing the number one overall selection through a trade the day before with Toronto FC, the Revs selected Louisville defender Andrew Farrell … the Revs made three selections in the second round: forward/midfielder Donnie Smith (UNC-Charlotte, 21st overall); forward Luke Spencer (Xavier, 23rd overall); and goalkeeper Luis Soffner (Indiana, 36th overall) … while Farrell signed a Generation adidas contract with the league prior to the SuperDraft and has been automatically added to New England’s roster, the latter three picks come into preseason unsigned.

Revs see action on Friday

The Revs will see their first preseason action when the team takes on Sporting Kansas City on Friday at the Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz. … while in Casa Grande, the Revs will also face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Bengtson with Honduras national team

Jerry Bengtson is with the Honduras national team for its Copa Centroamericana matches and its 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier against the United States … Copa Centroamericana is serving Honduras’ qualification pathway to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the team will play up to four matches … Bengtson scored a 75th-minute goal in the 1-1 draw against El Salvador on January 18 … Honduras will face Panama on January 22 in San Jose, Costa Rica and if they qualify, at least two more matches in the knock-out rounds of the tournament on Friday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 27 … Bengtson will remain with Honduras following Copa Centroamericana for the team’s World Cup Qualifier against the United States on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras … he will join the Revs immediately following that match before the team heads to Tucson.

Bengtson maintains torrid scoring for Honduras

Jerry Bengtson picked back up where he left off in 2012 for Honduras, scoring the squad’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw against El Salvador on Jan. 18 … Bengtson now has 14 goals in 28 appearances for Honduras.

Raise your glass: 2013 Revolution Pub Tour

Members of the New England Revolution will stop by several of the region's top bars and pubs – all official pub partners of the Revolution – this February as part of the Revolution’s official 2013 Pub Tour … at each stop, fans 21 and older will get the opportunity to meet the team’s newest players and mingle with their favorite stars and the Rev Girls in a casual setting during the team’s brief stay in Boston between preseason training trips … all events will begin at 7 p.m. and run two hours:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 5: The Banshee Pub (934 Dorchester Ave., Boston, Mass.) … Players scheduled: Andy Dorman, Lee Nguyen, Clyde Simms, A.J. Soares and Juan Toja
  • Wednesday, Feb. 6: Phoenix Landing (512 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, Mass.) … Players scheduled: Scott Caldwell, Jose Goncalves, Matt Reis, Kelyn Rowe and Chris Tierney
  • Thursday, Feb. 7: Rí Rá Providence (50 Exchange Terrace # 50, Providence, R.I.) … Players scheduled: Kalifa Cisse, Ryan Guy, Dimitry Imbongo, Saer Sene and Bobby Shuttleworth

First Kick Plans on sale

The Revolution’s popular First Kick Plans are now on sale and include tickets to the highly-anticipated 2013 home opener on Saturday, March 23 against Sporting Kansas City … fans have a choice of four- or six-game First Kick Plans and both plans include a limited-edition Revolution long-sleeve t-shirt … four-game plans start at $90 for lower-bowl seating, while six-game plans start at $111 … first Kick Plans are also now available in the supporters-only section of Gillette Stadium – The Fort – and are $86 for a four-game plan and $105 for a six-game plan.

Heaps prepares for round two

Jay Heaps now begins his second season as head coach of the Revolution after improving upon the team’s 2011 win (5) and point (28) totals in his first campaign at the helm … Heaps earned his first career win on March 24, 2012, against Portland in the Revs’ home opener and guided the team to a 7-4-6 record in Foxborough … the Revs secured two wins on the road in 2012, doubling the 2011 win total away from home (1).

2013 MLS schedule

Following a bye in Week 1, the Revs will open the 2013 slate at Chicago on March 9, in a game that will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network … the Revs will open their 17-game home slate at Gillette Stadium against Sporting Kansas City – a change of opponent from a previous announcement – on March 23 … five of the team’s first eight matches will be played away from home, with the team drawing a pair of bye weeks in the first six weeks of the year (Week 1, Week 6) … additionally, between April 27 and June 8, six of the team’s eight games will be played at Gillette Stadium … a complete schedule can be found HERE.

Desert Diamond Cup tickets on sale

Tickets for the 2013 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup are on sale … for the second year in a row, the Revs will participate in the February tournament to wrap up their preseason training … the New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake – both teams competed in the 2012 tournament – and Seattle Sounders FC will also join the Revs in Tucson for the tournament … the round-robin group games will be played on Wednesday, Feb. 13, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Wednesday, Feb. 20, before the championship (which will be televised by NBC Sports Network) and consolation games are played on Saturday, Feb. 23 … tickets are available for purchase by clicking HERE.

2013 season tickets

2013 season tickets are now on sale … a special video including a list of pricing, all the benefits of becoming a season-ticket holder, and more, can be found HERE … the Revs finished the 2012 home schedule on a five-game unbeaten streak (2-0-3) and averaged 24,949 fans in its last home two games of the season.

YOUTH UPDATE

Spring schedule

All three of the Revolution’s youth teams will resume play on Saturday, March 2, at Gillette Stadium. The U18s and U16s will take on FC Westchester, while the U14s are scheduled to play Oakwood SC … regular training begins back up this week, with sessions scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Season to-date records

Amid their winter hiatus, the Under-18s are 8-2-0 (24 pts.) overall and rank second in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference based on points per game … the Under-16s hold a 4-2-4 record (16 pts.) and are currently in fourth place in the Division … the Under-14s enter the break at 4-2-0 (12 pts.), which is good for sixth in U.S. Club Soccer’s Northeast Pre-Academy League.