Revs exercise options on 15 players

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Revs exercise options on 15 players

The New England Revolution on Friday exercised the 2013 options on 15 players from its 2012 roster, while declining options on four others.

Coming back to the Revs are goalkeepers Matt Reis and Bobby Shuttleworth.

The defense will look familiar with the return of Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney.

The returning midfielders are Ryan Guy, Lee Nguyen, Sainey Nyassi, Clyde Simms and Juan Toja.

Up front, forwards Diego Fagundez, Dimitry Imbongo and Saer Sene will also be back in New England.

But not everyone had their options picked up. The Revs declined the options on midfielders Fernando Cardenas, Benny Feilhaber and Blair Gavin, as well as goalkeeper Tim Murray.

Three players were already until contract for next season: forward Jerry Bengtson, midfielder Kelyn Rowe, and defender Tyler Polak.

The roster currently has 20 players, including two who already signed this off-season: Kalifa Cisse and Andy Dorman.

The coaching staff saw a shake up as well with the Revs parting ways with reserve team coach David Vaudreuil. There is currently a search for a new assistant coach.

Kraft-backed Boston soccer stadium plan is dead

Kraft-backed Boston soccer stadium plan is dead

A Robert Kraft-backed proposal for a $250 million soccer stadium at the site of the former Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester, Mass., appears to be dead.

Robert and Jonathan Kraft, owners of the NFL’s Patriots and New England Revolution of MLS, released a statement Friday that said, in part, “the project is not feasible to pursue on this site at this time.”

Talks between the Kraft Group and UMass Boston, which bought the land for $18.7 million in 2010, have apparently ended.

Here’s the full statement from the Krafts: 

“In 2015, we were invited to put together a stadium proposal for the former Bayside Exhibition Center site. Since then, we have invested millions of dollars and thousands of staff hours to design and structure a venue that would benefit UMass Boston, the City of Boston and serve as an asset to the surrounding communities, with an operating plan that would benefit all local constituencies. We were committed to a fully-funded, privately-financed stadium that would have totaled an investment in excess of $250 million. There was also a full-value land lease to UMass that would have provided annual payments to the university. As is the case with any development opportunity, there were numerous hurdles to overcome and we regularly adjusted our plans to cater to the needs of the project. Unfortunately, and for reasons beyond our control, it has been determined that this project is not feasible to pursue on this site at this time. It is our goal to continue to seek development opportunities where we can invest in a soccer specific stadium that will benefit its surrounding communities while giving our fans and our players a venue they will be proud to call home for generations to come.”


 

Own goal gives Revolution 2-2 draw with DC United

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Own goal gives Revolution 2-2 draw with DC United

The New England Revolution took advantage of an own goal early in the second half to earn a 2-2 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night.

D.C. conceded a corner kick in the 48th minute and Kelyn Rowe got two attempts. D.C. cleared the first one beyond the end line but on the second Antonio Mlinar Delamea put his head on the ball, directing it into defender Sean Franklin and deflecting past keeper Bill Hamid.

New England (2-3-3) opened the scoring in the fifth minute. Kei Kamara had a perfect cross to Lee Nguyen, who headed the ball down toward Hamid's feet, just squeezing it inside the post for his fourth goal.

D.C. (2-3-2), which had just four goals this season and had been shutout four times, scored twice in quick succession. Jared Jeffrey pounced on a ball New England failed to clear and hammered home a big shot past Cody Cooper from the top of the box. That came in the 26th and just two minutes later Sebastien Le Toux beat Cooper to the ball after a nice lead from Lloyd Sam and chipped the ball over Cooper. It was the first goals for both players.

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