5 Bubble Players Who Could Make New England Revolution’s 2014 Roster
5 Players Who Could End Up on the Revolution in 2014
With MLS preseason in full swing, one team has continued to make headlines: the New England Revolution. Since the 2014 SuperDraft, coach Jay Heaps has brought in several new players to help improve the squad and to give him the best chance of putting the best possible players on the field. Most of the squad is already determined, but Heaps still has several players on his unsigned training camp roster who could potentially make the team.
Eight players currently make up the unsigned roster. Of these eight players, at least five of them should be seeing a contract headed their way in the coming weeks. From seasoned veterans to Revolution academy players, this group of players is certainly talented in all aspects of soccer. Because their chances of getting signed to the first team are rather slim, here is a little background information about the two Revs academy players currently on the team.
Goalie Austin Aviza is currently a member of the Revolution U-16 academy team. He is down in Tucson training and gaining valuable experience. With the Revs already having three goalies on their roster, it can be safe to assume that Aviza will be headed back to the academy and will hopefully continue to develop into the high-caliber player the Revs will need be needing in three or four seasons. Aviza has already participated in three different U.S. Soccer training centers, so keep an eye out for this young goalie in the coming years.
Meanwhile, Zachary Herivaux is enjoying every moment of his time with the team and is just playing his game as instructed by Heaps. His academy experience has been nothing but positive, and he does show an incredible amount of promise. Unless something incredible strange happens, there is no way that Herivaux will be signed to the first-team roster this season. However, there is a chance that could happen in the next two years. He is a young and dangerous player that fans should keep an eye on as the season progresses. If he impresses as much as he has so far, Heaps might be inclined to bring him on this season.
Both players are full of potential for the Revolution. Besides these two academy players, there are five players who have a definite shot at making the first team. Here are the five players on the roster and some background information about who each one of them are and what each could bring to the Revolution in 2014.
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5. Pierre Omanga
A forward who is a true goal scorer, Omanaga is a wonderful addition to New England. The 2013 NSCAA Division II player of the year is a valuable draft choice for the Revolution. He has yet to acquire a lot of playing time during preseason. Although the roster is loaded with new forwards, Omanga is someone who really should be given a second thought.
4. Alec Sundly
Regarded as one of the best midfielders in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Sundly was a crucial part of the California Golden Bears midfield in 2013. He has drawn comparisons to current MLS players like Kyle Beckerman and Ozzie Alonso, making his potential incredibly vast. Although he still has some work to be done, Sundly has the potential to be a great midfielder in MLS, he just needs the proper training and right coaching. I see coach Heaps holding on to Sundly and developing him into another one of his terrific midfielders the Revolution have come to be known for.
3. Daigo Kobayashi
It was recently reported that the Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder has begun training with New England. Kobayashi is currently out of contract with the Whitecaps, but his MLS rights are still technically owned by Vancouver It will be interesting to see what exactly ends up happening. Being a technically gifted midfielder, Kobayashi fits in well into the already dangerous New England midfield. He does have a solid chance of making the roster if the Revolution decide to officially sign him.
2. Shalrie Joseph
A name that is not at all unfamiliar to New England fans. Joseph spent the first nine and a half seasons in MLS with the Revolution before joining Chivas USA and the Seattle Sounders in 2013. While with the Revolution, Joseph became one of the more decorated players in organization history. He tallied 37 goals and 34 assists while being named a 2009 MLS MVP finalist. Joseph has also been a four-time MLS Best XI selection and a seven-time All-Star selection, so it is obvious that he knows his way around the league. If Joseph plays his cards right and shows coach Heaps just how talented he still is, we could very well see Joseph back on the field for the Revs in 2014.
1. Marvin Ogunjimi
The Belgium-born forward has seen his fair share of European football throughout his career. In 2012, he joined Standard Liege on a loan deal. In early February, he signed a deal with the Revolution to go on trial. Ogunjimi has scored a total of 41 goals during his career, 30 of which came while he was at Racing Genk from 2004-2011. His size and experience could be his main selling point for coach Heaps, and it will be interesting to see where exactly he ends up even if it does not involve playing for New England.