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Podcast: TMR Lunch Break – Twellman shelved for season

Posted on 29 June 2010 by Hank Alexandre

Hank and Steve sit down on a noisy street corner to discuss the recent move of Taylor Twellman to the season ending injury list.

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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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Twellman will not play this season

Posted on 24 June 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution announced yesterday that Taylor Twellman,  will spend the rest of 2010 on the season ending injury list.

Twellman, who was injured in a game against the LA Galaxy in August of 2008 while  scoring the winning goal and simultaneously crashing into goalkeeper Steve Cronin’s fist, has not played a minute for the Revs since June of 2009 when he scored his 10oth and 101st goals in a 4-0 win against New York Red Bulls.

The decision to move Twellman to the season-ending list was made after he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation in mid-May. He last participated in a Revolution training session on Tuesday, May 18.

“We’re extremely disappointed for Taylor that this setback has ended his season,”  said Michael Burns, Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel . “He was working hard to return to the field in 2010.”

While the move to the season ending injury list will prohibit Twellman returning to the field this season, it does open up a roster spot for the Revolution.  They may use this to seek some additonal healthy bodies.

The Revolution have been hard hit by injuries this season.  Matt Reis missed the first part of season recovering from off season surgeries to his knee and shoulder.  Shalrie Joseph was sidelined by a hip flexor injury before he took a leave of absence from the team.  Michael Videira, Edgaras Jankauskas, Mauricio Castro (no longer with the team), Emmanuel Osei, and Darrius Barnes have all spent extended periods of time on the injured list.  Preston Burpo suffered a horrific  season ending injury earlier this season, and recently reacquired Steve Ralston dislocated his elbow in his first minute back with the team.

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Home opener with Toronto FC on deck

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Liam O'Connell

Kenny Mansally ©ASN

On Saturday, April 10th, the New England Revolution kick off their home opener, hosting Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium.  The Revs will be looking to build on the momentum gained from their first victory of the season last weekend away at D.C. United.

Many of the Revolution players will also be looking to build on personal success and experience from the past two road games.  Kenny Mansally in particular will try to emulate the performance he put in last week.  The young Gambian came on as a second half sub and in a matter of minutes made his presence known.  He went on to score the two deciding goals of the match – the second a potential goal of the year candidate – and earn an MLS Player of the Week award.

This will mark the eighth all-time regular season meeting between the Revolution and TFC, as Toronto entered Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 2007. The Revs hold a 3-1-3 advantage in the series, but are 1-1-2 against TFC since its inaugural season. New England has never lost to Toronto at Gillette Stadium, posting a 3-0-1 record in TFC’s visits Foxborough.

The Revolution will be hoping many of their key players will continue on their road to recovery from some inkling injuries that have kept them off of the field for the 2010 season so far.  Luckily, both Darrius Barnes and Shalrie Joseph look to be close to full strength, with the two returning to training at the end of this week.

During the offseason, the Revs brought in a number of trialists, hoping to find someone who can add a spark to the team’s offensive efforts.  None impressed more than Marco Perovic. The 26-year old Serbian was signed in late March, and with the completion of all the right paperwork, has finally arrived in Foxborough.  The Revolution will be looking for him to make an immediate impact with no defined goal scorer having stepped up since Taylor Twellman’s long-term injury that has kept him out of action since late 2008.

This game versus Toronto has one very intriguing story line in particular.  The victory of D.C. last weekend was head coach Steve Nicol’s 99th win of his career.  This will make him only the third coach in MLS to reach this milestone, with only Sigi Schmid and Bob Bradley ahead of him.  It’s only fitting that Nicol has the chance to reach this great milestone at Gillette Stadium, in front of the home fans who are so appreciative of the success he has brought their team.

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