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Revs add Griffiths; speculation over Revs’ roster grows

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution announced today that they have signed midfielder Jason Griffiths, a third-round draft pick from University of Kentucky, to a senior international roster spot.

Griffiths, a 23 year old originally from Bracknell, England, notched 12 goals and 10 assists in 65 games with 64 starts in his Kentucky career, and earned all-region honors as a senior. Griffiths finished his career with 12 goals and 10 assists, netting two game-winning goals. During the 2009 season, Griffiths ranked second on the team with three goals and an assist.

“We’re pleased to bring Jason into the squad,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “He’s a hard-working central midfielder who we believe can grow in our system.”

The move comes at a time where the Revolution roster is in a state of flux. The Revs released Mauricio Castro in May, and Griffiths simultaneously joined the team on trial early at Burns’ request for the international friendly against Benfica. Griffiths has been with the team ever since, presumably occupying the spot vacated by Castro. The Revs then announced the signing of veteran Steve Ralston back to the team, bringing Griffith’s status on the team under scrutiny.

Shortly thereafter however, the MLS Players Union released the MLS teams’ salaries by player, and Griffiths was listed as a Revs player drawing salary. With the addition of Ralston, the team would have been at 25 players and over the roster limit of 24 active players (not including developmental players). But with Taylor Twellman now on the season ending injury list, the Revolution are back at 24 players.

Another point of scrutiny is using Twellman’s spot on the roster to sign Griffiths to a senior international spot. Last season, when Twellman was shelved for the same injury, the Revs’ made a move for Edgaras Jankauskas. Jankauskas however has proven to be a bust, having spent the majority of his time with the Revs on the injured list. With much of the season left to play for, the Revs’ move for a rookie midfielder is a perplexing one.

The Revs still have both designated player spots available, but would have to make another roster move to open up a spot for that player.

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