FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (5-16-13, 28 pts.) concluded the 2011 regular season with a 2-2 draw at Toronto FC on Saturday, Oct. 22, and will begin off-season training on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Upper Practice Field at Gillette Stadium.
The team will train for two weeks before concluding with exit physicals on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Gillette Stadium.
Shalrie Made Revs History
With his 239th start in Toronto on Saturday, Shalrie Joseph became the Revolution club leader in starts, surpassing Jay Heaps’ previous record of 238 … Joseph, who has spent his entire nine-year career with New England, also tied Heaps on Saturday for games played with 243 career appearances for the Revs.
Feilhaber Finishes With Seven Helpers
Benny Feilhaber recorded two assists in the season-finale on Saturday in Toronto, finishing the season with seven assists in 23 games since arriving in April … Feilhaber’s club-leading seven assists are the most in one season for the Revs since Shalrie Joseph’s eight in 2009 … it was Feilhaber’s first multiple-assist game in MLS, and the club’s second of the year.
Benny’s Big on Field, Banks Points When in Score Line
In his first year in MLS, Benny Feilhaber was an impact player for the Revs … of the 23 games in which he was in the lineup, the Revs picked up at least one point 11 times, or 47 percent of Feilhaber’s appearances … when he scored a goal or an assist, the chance of a Revs point skyrocketed to 60 percent, with a point in six of the those 10 matches … in the five games which he missed after joining the club, the Revs went 1-2-2.
How Kevin Alston Measures a Year
Kevin Alston set the Revs’ club record for minutes played in a season with 2,954 … after MLS added four games to the 2011 schedule – creating a 34 game-season – Alston started and played a personal-record 33 straight matches after missing only the season-opener at LA … Alston broke the former club record of 2,880 minutes played, recorded three times: Mike Burns (1997), Michael Parkhurst (2005) and Matt Reis (2006).
Matt Reis Finishes Second in MLS for Saves
Despite missing the final three games of the season because of a right hamstring injury, Matt Reis still finished second in MLS in saves this season with 111 in 27 matches – three behind San Jose’s Jon Busch (114 saves, 33 games) … when breaking down the saves per game numbers, Reis’s 4.11 saves per game stands above all as he was the only MLS goalkeeper to average more than four saves per game.
Monsef, Milton Make Mark
Monsef Zerka and Milton Caraglio finished their seasons with one goal apiece on Saturday in Toronto, making their mark on the club after both were signed in August … Caraglio, who was signed on Aug. 2 as the club’s first Designated Player, recorded three goals and two assists in 12 starts at striker, while Monsef Zerka, signed on Aug. 18, scored two goals and added one assist in seven starts as an outside midfielder.
Double-Digit Reds Come against Reds
Chris Tierney’s second yellow card and subsequent red card in the final minute of stoppage time in Toronto on Saturday was the club’s 10th red card of the season – the second highest number ejections in league history behind the 2000 MetroStars (11 ejections, 32 games) … the 10th red card, surpassing the previous club record of six in 1998, was the Revs’ first red card Aug. 20 when Kenny Mansally picked up two yellow cards (and subsequent red) against New York.
Individual Ejections Lead League, Set Club Record
The Revs finished the season with a league-leading 10 red cards and were the only team in MLS to have two players with multiple red cards … Chris Tierney’s stoppage-time red-card on Saturday matched A.J. Soares’ two ejections, marking the first time in club history that the Revs had two individuals with a pair of red cards in a season … Tierney will miss the opening match of 2012 while serving a mandatory one-game red-card suspension.
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.