The New England Revolution continue to take steps to build on last year’s improvements as the 2014 preseason begins to draw near. So far this week they’ve made three moves in this regard.
First, they hired former D.C. United coach Tom Soehn to work as an assistant on Jay Heaps’ staff. In addition to working in the front office of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Soehn was also an assistant to Bob Bradley in Chicago and to Peter Nowak in D.C..
Second, they re-signed Donnie Smith- one of last year’s draft picks. Smith played in one match for the club before injuries derailed the remainder of his rookie season. Coach Jay Heaps hopes the left-footed midfielder from UNC-Charlotte will be able to make an immediate impact in 2014.
Finally, in a move that I’m pretty sure could only happen in Major League Soccer, the Revolution traded the rights to FC Augsburg defender Michael Parkhurst to the Columbus Crew for the fourth pick in the 2014 SuperDraft and allocation money. That’s right, the Revolution traded the rights to a player who hasn’t suited up for them since 2008 and the Columbus Crew paid them to do it. This appears to be a great deal for the Revs and…nobody else. The rumor is that, if possible, they will draft University of Connecticut goalkeeper Andre Blake, a consensus top three pick. The Jamaican is considered to be the best goalkeeping prospect to enter MLS since Brad Guzan in 2005, the kind of player who could start as a rookie. If so, they’ll be at least one goalkeeper getting a pink slip in New England this preseason.