FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With two players selected last Friday in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process, the Revs have continued to prepare for the 2013 season.
After the holidays, the Revolution’s technical staff will attend the 2013 MLS Combine, which will be conducted Jan. 11-15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
For a holiday wish from the Revolution, please view the club’s 2012 Holiday E-card.
OFF-SEASON ONLINE CONTENT
Experience draws Revs to Barrett, Freeman (posted Dec. 14)
Revs could be active in Re-Entry Process Stage Two (posted Dec. 13)
Success at Showcase underlines Academy’s growth (posted Dec. 12)
Salary budget plays major role in Feilhaber trade (posted Dec. 11)
Offseason Update w/ Jay Heaps Part 1 of 4 (posted Dec. 13)
Midnight Riders 2012 FIFA Tournament (posted Dec. 11)
Far Post Podcast (posted Dec. 12) The guys recap the Benny Feilhaber trade, look at Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process and more.
TEAM’S TOP TWEETS
Off season seems awesome in theory, can't wait to play again in reality.— AJ Soares (@AjSoares) December 16, 2012
About to go show some support n check out the US women play against China #work— Kevin Alston (@KAlston30) December 15, 2012
There are some absolutely cruel and cold-hearted people on this world..Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected in the school shooting— Darrius Barnes (@D_Barnes25) December 14, 2012
Watching "Big" this morning. I really want to dance on a piano like that! #littlekidatheart— KelynRowe (@Krowe210) December 12, 2012
Revs select two in Stage 2 of Re-Entry Process
The Revs selected two veteran MLS players in last Friday’s Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process: LA Galaxy forward Chad Barrett in the first round (fourth overall pick) and Colorado Rapids defender Hunter Freeman in the second round (23rd overall selection) … per MLS rules, the league has seven days from Friday to make contract offers to the players … more insight from Revs general manager Michael Burns is available HERE, while quotes from head coach Jay Heaps can be found HERE.
The Barrett Breakdown
After passing in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Process on Dec. 7, the Revs used their first pick (fourth overall selection) in the first round of Friday’s Stage 2 to select LA Galaxy forward Chad Barrett ... Barrett has seven seasons of MLS experience and has scored 42 goals and added 27 assists in 192 career appearances with Chicago (2005-08), Toronto (2008-2010) and LA (2011-12) … the 27-year old was most recently on loan from the Galaxy to Valerenga of Norway’s Tippeligaen where he made five appearances and recorded one assist through the end of the 2012 season.
The Freeman File
Hoping to add experience to the backline, the Revs used their second round pick (23rd overall selection) of Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Process to select defender Hunter Freeman from the Colorado Rapids … Freeman’s résumé includes seven MLS seasons, including 126 MLS appearances in 110 starts … he has scored two goals and added 11 assists, including a career-high five for the Rapids in 2012 … Freeman has made stops in Colorado (2005-06, 2012), New York (2007-08), Toronto (2008) and Houston (2011), and also played two seasons (2009-10) with IK Start of Norway’s Tippeligaen, the country’s top professional division.
Benny Feilhaber traded to Kansas City
Last Tuesday, the Revs traded Benny Feilhaber to Sporting Kansas City in exchange 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 … Feilhaber, 27, made 52 appearances since joining the Revolution in April 2011 through Major League Soccer’s Allocation process … with the Revs, Feilhaber made 46 starts, scoring five goals and adding nine assists, including four goals and seven assists in his 23-game 2011 campaign … analysis from Revs’ head coach Jay Heaps is available HERE.
2013 Preseason plans announced
The Revolution will open its 2013 training camp on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Gillette Stadium … the team’s five-and-a-half week camp will include two extended trips to Arizona, and six games against MLS teams … a complete schedule can be found HERE.
Desert Diamond Cup tickets on sale now
Tickets for the 2012 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup are now 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.
Holiday Packs are the go-to gift
The Revolution’s popular Holiday Packs are now on sale to the public … fans have the choice of four- or six-game packages and both plans include the choice of one of four special-edition gifts … four-game packages start at $88 for lower-bowl seating, while six-game packages start at $108 … six-game package purchasers pay for only for five tickets and receive the sixth game free … more information can be found HERE.
2013 Season Tickets atop the wish list
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.
ON THE RADAR
2013 MLS SuperDraft
Thursday, Jan. 17 (Indianapolis, Ind.)
The Revolution currently hold four selections in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, including the fourth overall choice in the first round … the Revs also hold three second-round picks: their own, one from D.C. United (from a Feb. 18, 2011 trade for the rights to Fred) and one from Chivas USA (from an Aug. 1 trade for Shalrie Joseph) … MLS will release the final draft order before the draft.
2013 Preseason Opens
Thursday, Jan. 17 (Gillette Stadium)
The Revs will open preseason camp with entrance physicals and testing at Gillette Stadium.
Season to-date records
Entering 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.
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 will begin the week of January 14, 2013.