Revolution carefully weighing options ahead of Re-Entry Process Stage Two Draft
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It came as no surprise when the New England Revolution passed in the Re-Entry Process Stage One Draft last Thursday afternoon. Since the Re-Entry Process was introduced in 2010, New England has selected just one player in Stage One (Danleigh Borman in 2011) and that player never ended up signing with the Revolution.
But the Stage Two Draft – set for Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET – is a different beast altogether. Through the first three years of the Re-Entry Process, the Revs have been one of the most active teams in Stage Two, making six total selections (two each year in 2010, 2011 and 2012). Only the LA Galaxy – with eight total selections – has been more active in Stage Two.
New England’s rise in activity during Stage Two follows the league-wide pattern. While only six players were selected in Stage One through the first three years, 35 were selected in Stage Two. The discrepancy is because of salary budget limitations; players selected in Stage One must either have their options exercised or receive bona fide offers, while players selected in Stage Two can renegotiate to a lower figure.
Past years have seen the Revs acquire the likes of Ryan Cochrane, Clyde Simms and Chad Barrett through the Stage Two Re-Entry Draft. Simms, in particular, was a key component for the Revs in 2012, when he started 29 games and garnered consideration as the team’s most valuable player.
But not every Re-Entry selection has worked out. Borman, Fred, Nate Jaqua and Hunter Freeman were all selected by the Revolution during the Re-Entry Process, but none ever put on a Revolution jersey. For head coach Jay Heaps, those cases reiterate the need for thoughtful consideration throughout the process.
“It’s an important mechanism now in our league,” said Heaps, who noted that he spends “a lot” of time analyzing the list of available players. “We felt that we added some players that have helped us in the past. I thought Clyde Simms was a major acquisition. But we’ve had a couple guys not pan out in the Re-Entry. So it’s an interesting mechanism that you have to do a lot of research on to make sure it’s going to fit your team.”
Both Heaps and General Manager Michael Burns have identified striker as one of the primary positions of need this offseason, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll address that need through the Re-Entry Process, international signings, trades or the SuperDraft. It’s clear the Revolution’s technical staff does view the Re-Entry Process as a legitimate means of improving the squad, however, and they’ll be prepared to do just that should the opportunity arise on Wednesday afternoon.
“I think it’s something that we want to continue to get better in,” said Heaps. “We just have to select the right player.”