Weekly Update: Preseason rolls on

Revs train in Foxborough this week ahead of second preseason trip to Arizona

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution trains five days in Foxborough this week before departing for a 16-day preseason trip in Tucson, Ariz.

Before the team travels, members of the Revs will stop by several of the region's top bars and pubs – all official pub partners of the Revolution – this week as part of the Revolution’s official 2013 Pub Tour. Thursday’s Pub Tour stop at Rí Rá Providence (50 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903) will be immediately followed by the Rev Girls’ Providence-area finals search as four Rhode Island celebrity judges will determine four selections for the Revs’ 2013 promotional team.

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Revolution hosts Supporters Summit tonight

The New England Revolution will host its fourth-annual Supporters Summit at Gillette Stadium at 6:30 p.m., tonight, Monday, Feb. 4 … the event is exclusively for registered members of the team’s two recognized supporters groups – The Midnight Riders and The Rebellion – and is not open to the public … doors will open to the Putnam Club on the East side of Gillette Stadium at 6:15 p.m.

Bengtson named to Honduras roster for Wednesday’s WCQ

Jerry Bengtson has been called up to the Honduras national team for the team’s upcoming CONCACAF Hexagonal Round match against the United States on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Estadio Olimpico in San Pedro Sula, Honduras … the Hexagonal Round is CONCACAF's final, six-team stage of regional qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup … Bengtson is one of five MLS players to represent Honduras in the first match of the Hexagonal Round … the 25-year old is scheduled to join the Revolution for the first time this preseason following the U.S. match, before the team departs for Tucson, Ariz.

Single-game tickets go on sale February 16

Single-game tickets to 2013 New England Revolution matches will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. through all Ticketmaster outlets … individual tickets purchased in advance start at $24 for bowl seating … the Revs will play 17 regular-season MLS games at Gillette Stadium this year, including their home opener on Saturday, March 23, against Sporting Kansas City.

Current training camp roster

An up-to-date preseason roster can be accessed at the team’s website … 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 … all preseason changes of jersey numbers changes are reflected in this document.

Jersey number updates

Five new Revolution signings have been issued numbers, while three members of the 2012 squad have changed numbers:

  • Scott Caldwell will wear #6
  • Kalifa Cisse will wear #4
  • Andy Dorman will wear #12
  • Jose Goncalves will wear #23
  • Matt Horth will wear #18
  • Stephen McCarthy has switched from #26 to #15 in honor of his late friend, and former Columbus Crew player, Kirk Urso … more insight from McCarthy on the sentimental number change is available HERE.
  • Bobby Shuttleworth has switched from #34 to #22
  • Juan Toja has switched from #18 to #7

2013 Revolution Pub Tour begins this week

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 week 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 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

Providence-area 2013 Rev Girl search finals on Thursday

The Providence-area Rev Girl Search Finals will be held at Rí Rá Providence on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 9 to 11 p.m. … the event will begin immediately following the conclusion of the Revs’ third Pub Tour stop held at the same location … four of the 10 finalists will be selected to the 2013 Rev Girls squad, the Revs’ promotional team … the free event is open to the public (ages 21+) … guest judges at the Providence-area finals include 2012 Miss Rhode Island Kelsey Fournier, WPRI Rhode Show host Will Gilbert, 92 PRO-FM on-air personality Jessica Schiano and Jenna Pelletier of the Providence Journal.

Recap of action in Casa Grande

The Revs opened their preseason schedule on Friday, Jan. 25 with a scoreless draw against Sporting KC … the match – which featured three 30-minute periods – allowed for both teams to work on fitness and tactics while also allowing for numerous substitutions … for a full recap of the game, click HERE ... the Revs fell to Vancouver, 4-1, in the second preseason match of the trip as Chris Tierney scored the Revs’ lone goal on an 11th-minute penalty … a full recap of the full 90-minute match is available HERE.

Conference call recaps

The Revolution hosted two media conference calls last week … a full transcript of last Monday’s call announcing the partnership between the Revolution and the Rochester Rhinos is available HERE … following Tuesday’s scrimmage against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, head coach Jay Heaps spoke with the media, with a transcript of his insight available HERE.

2013 Turf Tour underway

The New England Revolution is hosting a five-stop Turf Tour at local sports facilities ahead of its 2013 home opener on Saturday, March 23 … each event will include a soccer clinic and player meet-and-greet opportunity … the tour got underway on Feb. 1 with a stop at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in North Kingstown, R.I., and will continue with four stops before the home opener:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Forekicks, Norfolk, Mass.,
  • Thursday, Feb. 28 at JunglePlex, Plymouth, Mass.,
  • Saturday, March 2 at Champsions, New Bedford, Mass., and
  • Thursday, March 21 at Kroc Center, Dorchester, Mass. (not open to public)

Each event will contain two portions: a soccer clinic – held for a preselected group of local children – and an open-to-the-public Q&A and autograph session … more info on the 2013 Turf Tour is available HERE.

Time to buy Desert Diamond Cup tickets

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.

Roster breakdown by position

The Revs’ preseason camp has 24 players under contract … there are two (2) goalkeepers, seven (7) natural defenders, 10 natural midfielders and five (5) 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 24 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
  • Nine (9) players ages 24-26: Darrius Barnes – 26, Jerry Bengtson – 25, Stephen McCarthy – 24, Lee Nguyen – 26, Sainey Nyassi – 24, Saer Sene – 26, Bobby Shuttleworth – 25 and A.J. Soares – 24
  • Four (4) players ages 21-23: Scott Caldwell – 21, Matt Horth – 23, Dimitry Imbongo – 22 and Kelyn Rowe – 21
  • Three (3) players 20 years old or younger: Andrew Farrell – 20, Diego Fagundez – 17 and Tyler Polak – 20

College season ticket packages on sale

Revolution college student season ticket package is now available for purchase … available only to students with a valid college ID, college student season ticket holders will receive special benefits including their own section at Revolution home games … for $99, the 17-game package includes one ticket to every regular-season home game, a limited edition college student season ticket holder adidas t-shirt and the ability to purchase tickets for international games before they go on sale to the general public … more information on purchasing the special package can be found HERE.

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.

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.