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New England Revolution

Revolution Mid-Season Grades: The Bread and Butter is in the Midfield

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The Revolution midfield has shown so far this season that it is one of the most dynamic and dangerous in all of Major League Soccer. With a seemingly endless number of combinations, the Revs have a real dominance in the center of the pitch that can rarely be matched. But their own worst enemy can sometimes be themselves, with the occasional uncertainty as to which midfield will show up on game day.

Sporting Waive Sassano

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The MLS July 1st guaranteed contract deadline is right around the corner, and teams are making their moves to clear players off their roster. KC made their move today, waiving midfielder, Luke Sassano. Sassano had been picked up by KC after the Re-Entry draft in a trade with the LA Galaxy that sent the rights to Frankie Hejduk to LA.

Revolution vs. DC United: New England Looks For Home Win Without Shalrie Joseph

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It's going to be a beautiful, sunny day in Foxboro this afternoon (high of 67°, no less) as the New England Revolution face off against bitter I-95 rivals D.C. United at Gillette Stadium. The Revs are hoping to banish the demons of a heart-breaking last-minute 1-0 loss to Dallas last week, while United will look to build on an encouraging performance in a 0-0 draw against Seattle.

Cory Gibbs Out Till July-September: Positives, Negatives & Aftermath

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Veteran defender Cory Gibbs underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee today at Glenbrook Hospital. The surgery was performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jason Koh from the NorthShore Medical Group. Gibbs suffered the injury during training on April 4. He is expected to be out until at least July but his recovery might extend into the fall.

Jaqua Unlikely to Join Revs

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Odds aren't in favor of Nate Jaqua appearing in a New England Revolution uniform in 2012, according to his representative.

New England Soccer Today initially learned on Monday that Jaqua, a Revs Stage 2 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft pick, isn't likely to sign with the team.

Nate Jaqua struggled in his final two seasons in Seattle, but the 6'3" striker could look to revive his career in New England.

Nate Jaqua Is Contemplating Retirement

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The Bent Musket has learned today that former USA international forward Nate Jaqua, who was selected by the New England Revolution in the Re-Entry Draft this offseason, is currently evaluating his options for the next stage of his career, according to team sources. Those options include retirement.

Union sign Chris Albright

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The Philadelphia Union announced on Monday the signing of defender Chris Albright.

The Philadelphia native, a product of Penn Charter and FC Delco, has played in MLS for 13 years, beginning with DC United where he started his career as a forward.

Training Camp Update: New Trialists

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This is a bit delayed, but in case you missed it, earlier this week the Revolution welcomed 5 new trialists to training camp. Three of them are relatively unknown: Patrick Otte, Gabe Mercier, and Brandin McClay. Otte, a midfielder, currently plays for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL.

Business as usual: Pepe Moreno to stay with Once Caldas

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Personnel wise it's been a disastrous couple of days for the New England Revolution. Rajko Lekic is off in Denmark, Monsef Zerka has signed in India, Milton Caraglio is off in Chile, Re-entry Draft pick Danleigh Borman is in South Africa, and now news out of Columbia has told us that one of the Revs "big" offseason signings has changed his mind and will not suit up for Jay Heaps in Foxborough.

With club role defined, United's Kitchen looks forward to possibilities in 2012

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By AVI CREDITOR

WASHINGTON -- Perry Kitchen had just about everything including the kitchen sink thrown his way in 2011.

As a rookie, Kitchen started 30 of a possible 34 games for D.C. United, splitting time across three positions.

Report: Borman to Bypass Revs

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Two months after he was taken by the Revolution in the first stage of the Re-entry Draft, it appears that left back Danleigh Borman won't be in Foxboro in 2012.

According to a report, the 27-year-old is close to returning to his native South Africa to play for Pretoria-based SuperSport United.

Breaking News: Chicago Fire sign striker Kheli Dube

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The Fire have made official the signing of Kheli Dube, their lone pick in the 2011 MLS re-entry draft. This builds on the busy offseason the Fire have had, with Dube becoming their fifth player added to the Fire roster this offseason. Follow me after the break for a couple of comments and some info on Dube.

Take 22: Revs Pick Polak

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The New England Revolution selected defender Tyler Polak from Creighton with the 22nd overall pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. (Photo Credit: Andy Mead / MLSsoccer.com)

Seeking to address its defensive shortcomings, the Revolution turned its attention to the rear by selecting Tyler Polak with the 22nd overall pick in the SuperDraft.

Previewing the 2012 MLS SuperDraft

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ALSO FILE UNDER: This thing might just go away in 5 or 6 years

As player acquisition tools evolve in Major League Soccer, January's annual SuperDraft seems destined to shrink in relevance. Even this year the process already is shrinking, literally, reduced to just two rounds. That's down from four rounds just two years ago.

A Look into the Future

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Coming off its worst season on record, there's no doubt that the Revolution will have to maximize every available opportunity to help them get back to respectability. After selecting three established MLS players during last month's Re-entry Draft, their next chance to bolster the roster arrives on Thursday with the SuperDraft.

Revolution Roster Updates: Simms In, Lekic Out

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The holidays are upon us and I'm beginning to think that I won't be getting anything from my Revs Christmas wishlist this year. While other teams are signing international players and brand new soccer stadiums are being built, Revs fans are settling for some stocking stuffers this year--and I guess a little coal, too.

Simms in the Mix

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Nearly two weeks after selecting him in Stage 2 of the Re-entry Draft, the Revolution and former D.C. United midfielder Clyde Simms came to terms on a contract for 2012.

The addition of Simms, a 29-year-old center half who started 147 of his 182 games in D.C. from 2005-2011, gives the Revolution some veteran experience in the middle of the park.

Starting from Scratch?

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An anemic New England Revolution offense started to turn around towards the end of the 2011 season thanks to some late additions, but new head coach Jay Heaps might not get the chance to build upon that improvement in 2012.

Jay Heaps may have to replace Rajko Lekic and other key players from the 2011 squad.

The D Will Be Key

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Revolution right back Kevin Alston keeps a close eye on Galaxy midfielder Miguel Lopez (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com).

Heads down. Hands on hips. That was the unofficial pose of the Revolution defense in 2011.

After giving away goals at a philanthropic rate (58, the second-most in MLS last season) it's not a stretch to say that the biggest task head coach Jay Heaps faces this offseason is improving his team's porous D.

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Rumors From No Where

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It's always funny how rumors come out of no where and are really based off of nothing. The Birahim Diop to Colombia rumors started out of nothing but a running joke that Diop would look to continue to follow Ocatvio Zambrano as he had quite a few times in his career. Today another rumor really based off of nothing has come up.

Sassano Re-Signed

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It's been rumored and speculated on since he pulled out of the re-entry draft, but today, Sporting KC finally made it official. Luke Sassano has signed a new contract with Sporting KC. Sassano had played in 9 league games last year in a season that was cut short by some injuries. Sassano had not had his contract picked up and had gone into the re-entry draft.

Player Contracts and Rumors

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Player news is starting to pick up a little bit for Sporting KC. The team today made two announcements on player news, and a new rumor has cropped up on another player.

First, after the announcement yesterday of the trade for Michael Thomas' rights, the team today announced that they had signed the Olathe native to a contract.

Danny Cruz's Contract Option Not Picked Up for 2012

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Lost in all the hullabaloo surrounding the MLS Re-Entry Draft was the news that not only did midfielder Danny Cruz graduate from Generation adidas, his contract option was not picked up.

According to MLS Insider, Cruz will be out of contract at the end of the year and is generating interest from a couple European clubs.

MLS Players

MLS 101: Re-Entry Draft, Contracts, "Right of Refusal" and the CBA

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Lesson One: Roster Rules and the Salary Cap

Lesson Two: Allocations, Lotteries, DPs, Discoveries and Home Grown Players

Lesson Three: New Player Drafts, Generation adidas, Trades, Waivers and Roster Exceptions

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Lesson Four: Re-Entry Draft, Contracts, "Right of Refusal" and the CBA

Welcome to another edition of MLS 101.

Berhalter's Hammarby signs Husidic

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Hammarby IF head coach Gregg Berhalter won't be the only one at the club with MLS experience next season.

Hammarby signed midfielder Baggio Husidic on Friday morning, the club announced on its website. Husidic, who has spent the past three seasons with the Chicago Fire, agreed to a two-year deal with the Swedish club.

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Time to Kick the Season Off

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Record overall vs DC in MLS - 16-18-9 (W-L-T)
Record at RFK vs DC - 5-12-4
Last meeting, 10/22/11, 1-0 (Besler 54)

Sporting KC kick off the 2012 season tomorrow night at RFK Stadium against DC United, the same team KC ended the regular season against last year. This is the 7th time that these two teams have met with in the first game of the season.

Sporting Announce Peterson Signing

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Yesterday's rumors about KC announcing the signing of Jacob Peterson turned from rumor to fact today as Sporting KC announced the signing of the 6 year MLS veteran. Peterson had been without a team since he was allowed to entry the re-entry draft by the San Jose Earthquakes. Peterson becomes the third player with a fairly long MLS career to join Kansas City this offseason, joining Bobby Convey and Pablo Nagamura.

Report: Red Bulls signing Swedish centerback

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The New York Red Bulls have had an awfully quiet offseason, which has been used more to deflect rumors and links to star players as opposed to making improvements to a team that vastly underachieved by its own expectations in 2011.

Rounding up the MLS comings and goings: Eastern Conference

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With the MLS Eastern Conference as wide open as it was down the stretch last season, a roster tweak in the right direction could be all it takes to separate certain clubs from the pack. Â

In the opening month of the offseason, no teams did more to augment their rosters than the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City, two clubs that felt they had what it took to win the conference crown last season before ultimately losing out to the Houston Dynamo.

More players, more problems

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With the signing of Porfirio Lopez yesterday, the Philadelphia Union continued a busy offseason that has already addressed many glaring needs.

Since the 2011 season ended in defeat at Houston, the Union have parted ways with Justin Mapp, purchased the rights to a Costa Rican striker, a Costa Rican fullback, and a Panamanian utilityman, signed a Tanzanian winger through the re-entry draft, and added a homegrown player.

Hot and Cold So Far In MLS Offseason

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Sporting KC has done well so far this offseason. (Getty Images)

Well, it is mid-December. The Christmas trees are up and the snow is falling in some places around the country. The Re-Entry Drafts have come and gone for the 19 MLS clubs. Teams are constantly making moves this offseason at times more moves than it seems like ever before.

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"Planning"

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Also, the Insider has learned the club is planning to look at a left back, where United lacks depth.
Christ! "Planning" to look? Now that the regular season is less than a month away?

Left back was one of the weakest spots on the roster as far as incumbent starters, had its depth removed in December (Burch gone via Re-Entry draft), and has been consistently identified by United punditry writ large as one of the two gaping holes in the roster for months.

When the Santos Comes Marching In

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Finally another addition hits the roster with United's acquisition of Maicon Santos. In another time, with a different club, I might be pleased with this pickup. As it stands, I'm just left feeling suspicious.

Why?

While Santos has a reasonable history with the league (and so will not have to suffer through a period of adapting to the style of play), his mediocre goal tally (14 goals in 2.

Husidic Goes To Sweden

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This actually happened before Christmas but I haven't gotten a chance to mention it. Baggio Husidic, who's rights the Rapids acquired in the Re-Entry Draft, has decided to decline Colorado's contract offer and instead sign with Hammarby IF in Sweden. Former U.S. Nats player Gregg Berhalter was recently named manager of the AEG-owned club and this will probably be the first of multiple signings from MLS for the team.

New York Red Bulls

Who’s this Konopka fellow?

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The Union confirmed on Wednesday through the team's Twitter account that Zac MacMath is joined in preseason training by Chase Harrison, who had temporarily joined the club late last season when Faryd Mondragon and Thorne Holder were both out with injuries before the club declined the option to sign him in November to make him available for the Re-Entry Draft.

MLS Notes: Alvarez signs in Portugal, Rapids add Cabrera to staff and more

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As it turns out, Arturo Alvarez won't be suiting up for Chivas USA heading into the 2012 MLS season after all.

Alvarez, who was selected by Chivas in the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft but never came to terms with the club as he sought opportunities overseas, has reportedly signed with Portuguese top-flight club Pacos de Ferreira on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Is Tim Ream Bolton Bound?

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Ream Just Looked at the EPL TableIf reports in multiple British tabloids are to be believed, English Premier League relegation favorites Bolton Wanderers will be signing New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream once the January transfer window opens, for a transfer fee of somewhere close to £2 million, or approximately $3.

The Rest

The American Exodus

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One of the factors in yesterday's trade that got little notice was that the Seattle Sounders shipped out two more American players in Mike Fucito and Lamar Neagle. Of course they got an American in return in Eddie Johnson, but, in addition to that transaction, the list of Americans the Sounders have lost this offseason is substantial.

Danny Cruz Traded to DC United for Allocation Money

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The Dynamo announced today that midfielder/winger Danny Cruz has been traded to DC United for allocation money. The trade was announced around 2:45pm CT.

Cruz graduated from Generation adidias in the off-season and the Dynamo declined his contract option. The team had made attempts to re-sign Cruz but apparently a deal could not be reached.

Frimpong, Woszcynski, Walls, and Chavez selected by Chicago Fire in 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft; updates on Cuesta (out?), Kinney and Fire Premier

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With four selections in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft the Chicago Fire Soccer Club acquired forward Evans Frimpong (9th overall), goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski (15th overall) midfielder Tony Walls (47th overall) and defender Justin Chavez (66th overall). They will join SuperDraft selections Lucky Mkosana and Hunter Jumper, Open Tryout winner Fabrizio Pittaluga and Re-Entry Draft selection Kheli Dube in attempting to win a roster spot with the Chicago Fire for the 2012 season.