FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Going into the 2014 season, the New England Revolution’s roster currently stands at 15 players as the team has exercised the 2014 contract options on 11 players from its 2013 roster, while four players are under contract already.
Nine players’ contract options were declined, three players were waived and three other players are out of contract.
The Revolution has picked up the contract options on goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth; defenders Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares and O’Brian Woodbine; midfielders Scott Caldwell, Andy Dorman and Lee Nguyen; and forwards Jerry Bengtson, Dimitry Imbongo and Saer Sene.
In the case of Goncalves, the Revolution has not only exercised the purchase option on his loan from FC Sion and permanently transferred him to New England, but the team also exercised the 2014 option in his MLS contract.
The Revs declined the 2014 contract options on nine (9) players: forward Chad Barrett, forward Charlie Davies, midfielder Ryan Guy, defender Tyler Polak, goalkeeper Matt Reis, midfielder Clyde Simms, midfielder Donnie Smith, goalkeeper Luis Soffner and midfielder Juan Toja.
Three (3) players are out of contract heading into the 2014 season: forward Juan Agudelo, defender Kevin Alston and defender Darrius Barnes.
Additionally, three (3) players were waived and will be available to other MLS teams in the Waiver Draft on Monday, Nov. 25: defender Bilal Duckett, forward Matt Horth and midfielder Gabe Latigue.
“After every season, we have to take a hard look at our roster and make some very difficult decisions, both for personnel and salary budget considerations,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “In our case, we’ll continue discussions with some of the out-of-contract and declined-option players in the hope they will return to the club next year.
“We’ve been steadily adding pieces to our club and after showing some improvement this year, we’ve retained a core group of players for next season. We’ll continue to try to strengthen the team this off-season through more signings and the various drafts,” Burns continued. | READ MORE FROM MIKE BURNS
The Revolution’s 2014 roster currently includes the following 15 players:
Goalkeepers (1): Bobby Shuttleworth
Defenders (6): Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, O’Brian Woodbine
Midfielders (5): Scott Caldwell, Andy Dorman, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe
Forwards (3): Jerry Bengtson, Dimitry Imbongo, Saer Sene
The Revolution finished the 2013 campaign third in the Eastern Conference with 51 points and a 14-11-9 overall record. The team returned to the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009, falling to Sporting KC, 4-3, on aggregate in the teams’ two-game Eastern Conference Semifinal series.