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Revolution sign Kalifa Cisse, release four, and win Fair Play Award

Posted by Staff  November 19, 2012 01:25 PM

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The Revolution made news on several fronts Monday morning, announcing the signing of Mali International and former EPL Championship midfielder Kalifa Cisse, as well as the placement of four players on waivers.

Cisse, 28, signed as a free transfer from England’s Bristol City and will be officially added to the 2013 roster -- where he will occupy an international roster spot -- upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and his U.S. P-1 Visa.

According to the press release, Cisse, who has a total of eight years professional experience in Europe, impressed Revolution general Manager Michael Burns during a training session with the Revs several weeks ago, where he showcased his skills and interacted well with players and coaches.

In 61 appearances for Bristol City in the past two years, Cisse recorded two goals. He’ll wear the No. 4 jersey for the Revolution.

The four players placed on waivers were 23-year-old forward Blake Brettschneider, 31-year-old defender Flo Lechner, and midfielders Alec Purdie, 23, and Michael Roach, 24. They will be available to other Major League Soccer teams through Monday afternoon’s Waiver Draft.

Of the four, Brettschneider saw the most playing time with the Revolution last season, appearing in 17 games (starting 10) and recording two goals and an assist.

Purdie (seconded round, 22nd overall) and Roach (fourth round, 60th overall) were 2012 MLS supplemental draft picks.

The Revs were also awarded the 2012 Xbox Fair Play award on Monday, given annually by the league to the team that best displays sportsman-like behavior. The award, which is based on a subjective evaluation, takes into account fouls committed and cards received.

This is the third Fair Play Award for the Revolution.

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