Revs re-sign Alston, Barnes, Soffner

Revs re-sign Alston, Barnes, Soffner
December 26, 2013, 10:30 am
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The New England Revolution has re-signed defender Kevin Alston, defender Darrius Barnes and goalkeeper Luis Soffner.

This will be Alston's sixth pro season after the Revs originally drafted him out of Indiana University in the first round in the 2009 SuperDraft. Alston ranks 10th on the club’s career appearances (121) and minutes played (10,265) charts and ninth on the career starts chart (118).

Barnes also returns to the club for his sixth professional season after the Revolution originally drafted him out of Duke in the third round (40th overall) in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Barnes has made 98 career appearances – 87 starts - for the Revs.

Soffner, 23, enters his second professional season after the Revolution selected him in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. He did not make any first-team appearances in 2013. Soffner was a four-year starter at Indiana where he started 83 of 84 gams and finished his career 47-26-11 with an 0.93 GAA.

“We’re pleased that we have been able to bring Kevin, Darrius, and Luis back to the Revolution,” General Manager Michael Burns said. “Each player could have chosen a different path but wanted to return, which was important to us. Both Kevin and Darrius have been valuable members of this Club for the past five seasons and are reliable, proven veterans. They are both professional in the way they conduct themselves both on and off the field. In the case of Luis, we believe he has the potential to become a solid goalkeeper in MLS and look forward to his continued development.”

Alston has four career assists in league play. He was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in early April and took a leave of absence to undergo treatment. He returned to the field on July 27 and finished the season with nine appearances and six starts. He earned 2013 Comeback Player of the Year award.

Barnes has one career goal and one assist.