The New England Revolution announced Friday the team has picked up the options on 15 players for the 2013 season, including veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis, who served as team captain for most of the second half of the 2012 season, and 17-year-old forward Diego Fagundez from Leominster.
The Revs declined options on four players; keeper Tim Murray and midfielders Fernando Cardenas, Blair Gavin, and fan favorite Benny Feilhaber, who last season had his own bobblehead giveaway at Gillette.
“After every season, we have to take a hard look at our roster and make some difficult decisions, both for personnel and salary budget considerations,” said Revolution general manager Michael Burns via a press release. “In our case, we’ll continue discussions with some of the players we declined options on to see if the potential exists for them to return to the club next year. We have retained a core group of players for next season and we’ll continue strengthening the team this off-season.”
Already under contract for next season were forward Jerry Bengtson, defender Tyler Polak, and midfielders Kelyn Rowe, Kalifa Cisse, and Andy Dorman, bringing the current roster total for next season to 20 players.
The rest of the returning players are keeper Bobby Shuttleworth; defenders Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, A.J. Soares, and Chris Tierney; midfielders Ryan Guy, Lee Nguyen, Sainey Nyassi, Clyde Simms, and Juan Toja; and forwards Dimitry Imbongo and Saer Sene.
The Revolution also decided to part ways with reserve coach and former MLS player David Vaudreuil.
In other Revolution news:
- Lee Nguyen was a finalist for Major League Soccer goal of the year, but the award went to Seattle's Patrick Ianni.
- The Revolution has a holiday ticket deal in progress that allows holiday gift pack purchasers to select seats ahead of the general public and receive other perks.
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