The New England Revolution have continued their busy offseason with the signing of two new midfielders, Alec Sundly and Daigo Kobayashi.
Each player has found their way on to the Revolution squad in very different ways. Sundly was a second round draft choice in the 2014 MLS Super Draft, while Kobayashi was out of contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps and was brought in for a training spell that ultimately ended with his signing.
Although each player brings a different set of skills to the squad, both help add more firepower to the New England midfield, as if the Revs needed anymore weapons. The new signings will be joining seasoned veterans like Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Saer Sene and Diego Fagundez. Sundly is the second rookie midfielder to sign this preseason, top pick Steve Neumann will also challenge for early playing time.
Coach Jay Heaps is exceptionally excited for the addition of Kobayashi. With this much confidence being shown already, Kobayashi could be considered an early favorite to win a lot of playing time, if not become a regular starter in the midfield.
Since the Revolution run a 4-3-3 formation, Sundly and Kobayashi will need to prove their worth throughout the remainder of preseason and hope their impact will be enough to earn consistent playing time in 2014. New England is almost overly spoiled with their options in the midfield, something the club has not experienced in some time.
Going into the 2014 MLS season, New England will have a lot to prove in terms of being a consistent and dangerous threat in the Eastern Conference. If any club has higher hopes of achieving greatness this coming season, the Revolution are that team. With all of their terrific preseason signings, it will be no surprise to see this team making a deep run in the playoffs and seeing a potential shot at their first MLS Cup championship.